Fantasy on a Bb Blues (theme and eight choruses)
[Very difficult; c.8:15] 
This piano piece was revised in 1996 and performed by a very talented colleague, Laurel Brettell, at my retirement concert. It is based on a shortened blues chord progression (for those familiar:  I-IV-I-V-IV-I, all ninth chords). These five-note chords appear throughout at different levels of clarity and are pitted against the remaining seven notes of the chromatic scale. A static, almost impressionistic quality is contrasted with driving, energetic passages in a series of conjoined sections. In short, a blues piece or jazz tune is not to be expected, only the occasional appearance of blues chords. 

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Dr. Laurel Brettell, piano

 

 

Publisher: HBH Publishing