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|Work Title||A Jazz Fantasy for Piano|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 55|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1976|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||2 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
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