After becoming acquainted with the Gershwin Preludes, I decided that I would like to write a similar set of piano works, but in a more contemporary idiom. The impetus to write the composition came as I was spending July of 1976 with my father. This, we both knew, would be the last summer of his life.
This work is in the form of six separate movements which can be performed individually or as a set. The blues character is maintained throughout the six preludes: the first and fourth are "cool," while the third and fifth are "hot". The second is "slick" and the last is "down". The idiom is atonal, but the blues focus in the work is made clear by the melodic rhythm and the voice leading.
This work has not yet been recorded professionally.
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