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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.


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

The Artist(s)

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

The Composer(s)

Friedrich Gulda Gulda’s first tuition was at the Grossman Conservatory where between the ages of eight and twelve his teacher was Felix Pazofsky. At twelve he entered the Vienna Academy of Music where he studied piano with Bruno Seidlhofer and theory with Joseph Marx. After making his debut at the age of fourteen, Gulda went on to win the Geneva Piano Competition in 1946, subsequently touring Switzerland, Italy, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Gulda rapidly gained an international reputation and gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 1950. His repertoire at this time concentrated on Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert; he gave complete cycles of the Beethoven sonatas, and played chamber music. During the 1950s he made a series of recordings for Decca, but in 1962 his career took a very different turn.


“Martin David Jones handles performance duties with sympathy, charm and a musicality that is heartening.” – Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

“Fifteen minutes of white-hot pianistic bravura and astonishing inventiveness.” – Records International

“The virtuoso momentum generated in Gulda’s variations on The Doors’ ‘Light my fire’ can easily overpower the theme’s modest dimensions, yet pianist Martin David Jones resists the easy temptation to overbuild” – Gramophone

“All things considered, Jones does a good job with this music…” – The Art Music Lounge