This thesis is an examination of 10 introductions recorded by Kurt Rosenwinkel between 1996 and 2012. Introductions are classified into three Types. The aim of this project is to elucidate stylistic tendencies exhibited by the guitarist within these Types. One of the primary features of Rosenwinkel’s performances is the complex integration of single-note and chordal playing. This complexity of expression is viewed in terms of Textures. Monophonic and Homophonic Textures are the main categories of investigation. Nuanced divisions of these Textures into their constituent components facilitate their detailed analysis. Tonicisation and establishment of tonality are examined in light of their significance to the underlying structural organization of sections and form, especially in Rosenwinkel’s longer introductions. Other factors of structural significance, such as repetition, the roll of guitar effects, and open tunings, are discussed in relation to particular pieces. This research addresses a gap in the available resources relating specifically to the introductions performed by Kurt Rosenwinkel.
The Rosenwinkel Introductions: Stylistic Tendencies in 10 Introductions Recorded by Jazz Guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel