A Jazz Fantasy for Piano (Sydeman, William Jay)

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Work Title A Jazz Fantasy for Piano
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Composer Sydeman, William Jay
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWS 55
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 piece
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1976
First Publication. 2019
Average DurationAvg. Duration 2 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation piano

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Why did I write a “Jazz Fantasy” in 1976 when up to that point my considerable repertoire was quite abstract, even avant-garde-ish? Well, why not? Hindemith said a composer should do it all. He did, and I followed his fine example. Of course the old classical regimen of having tight thematic material snuck in, but the material is decidedly jazz-ish… actually a combination of a classical pianist (very careful, very precise) playing jazz.

But what era of jazz, you might well ask. Well, I guess sort of big band 40-ish. Certainly not be-bop, certainly not rock 'n roll-ish. Yes, that sophisticated 40-ish feeling where the beat is always there but in a somewhat subtle way. After all it is a JAZZ fantasy.

– W. Jay Sydeman