Music for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble
Alfred H. Bartles wrote this piece, Music for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, in 1966, after receiving a commission from conductor Willis Page and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Peabody College chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. It was premiered by the Nashville Symphony along with the Peabody Jazz Ensemble, directed by John Friedel "Del" Sawyer. The premiere was well-received, and the piece was performed several more times in following years. The piece is a well-constructed mix of classical and jazz idioms, but rather than being combined in the music, the two ensembles merely coexist and alternate playing; when they do play together, each stays very much in its home style. The work was published in the catalog of MJQ Music Inc.