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A Little Jazz Piano Sonata in C

for solo piano

This is my attempt to clothe the structure of a Mozartian Classical Sonata in some of the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic garments of jazz. The first movement is in sonata form, the second an ABABA structure (but also a transcription of my song On Telling you Not Nearly Often Enough That I Love You, - a Valentine's Day present for my wife Cathy), and the finale a sonata-rondo-with-fugato.

Notwithstanding the Valentine's Day dedication, the sonata as a whole
was dedicated to my brother, Chris Burt, on his 60th birthday - a fine pianist and musician, and from whom my very first jazz came at an early age.

Score sample

Watch and listen on YouTube: performance by NSB from home during the 2020 lockdown.

1st Movement: Allegretto

2nd movement: Molto Rubato

3rd movement: Allegro Vivo

Complete performance


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