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GULDA, Friedrich (1930 - 2000)

PIANO WORKS


  • Martin David Jones, piano

Friedrich Gulda’s piano compositions combine notated music with large improvised sections, thus fusing the classical and jazz traditions. He was one of his generation’s most significant pianists and though his compositional output is relatively small, it is nevertheless significant. Variations on ‘Light My Fire’ is his tour de force virtuoso masterpiece, while Play Piano Play beguilingly contrasts traditional classical procedure with many different jazz styles.

Tracklist

1
Variations on Light My Fire (1970) (00:14:47)
 
Play Piano Play, "10 Pieces for Yuko" (1971) (00:31:11 )
2
No. 1. Moderato (00:01:59)
3
No. 2. Alla marcia, risoluto (00:03:16)
4
No. 3. Andante serioso (00:03:32)
5
No. 4. Allegro ma non troppo (00:04:15)
6
No. 5. Moderato, poco mosso (00:02:38)
7
No. 6. Presto possibile (00:01:56)
8
No. 7. Lento, molto tranquillo e piano (00:03:49)
9
No. 8. Tempo giusto e risoluto (00:03:15)
10
No. 9. Allegro, dolce (00:02:25)
11
No. 10. Allegro pesante (00:03:00)
 
Prelude and Fugue (1965) (00:03:58 )
12
Prelude (00:02:19)
13
Fugue (00:02:24)
 
Sonatine (1967) (00:19:00 )
14
I. Entrée (00:07:31)
15
II. Ballad (00:07:04)
16
III. Shuffle (00:03:10)
17
Für Rico (1974) (00:02:46)
18
Für Paul (1974) (00:03:08)
Total Time: 01:13:14

The Artist

Martin David Jones

Martin David Jones enjoys a multifaceted career as an award-winning classical and jazz pianist, composer, and conductor.

As a pianist, he has appeared at major musical centres including Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago, Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and the Gindi Auditorium in Los Angeles.

He has given the world premieres of works by Libby Larsen, Michael Nathaniel Hersch, and the Washington premiere of China Gates by John Adams.

As a composer, Jones has written successfully in many genres, and his works have been performed by various ensembles and musicians, including jazz great Wycliffe Gordon.

Jones holds Master and Doctoral degrees from Peabody Conservatory as well as a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from California State University, Northridge. Jones is Professor of Music at Augusta University in Georgia where he teaches piano and composition and was the director of the university orchestra for twelve years.