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Fantasy Variations (on George Gershwins Prelude II for Piano) George Gershwin

Fantasy Variations (on George Gershwins Prelude II for Piano)

George Gershwin

Published November 1st 1999
ISBN : 9780769290836
Paperback
268 pages
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Gershwins Prelude II for piano is the second in a set of three preludes composed in 1936. In Donald Granthams uniquely original composition, Fantasy Variations, both of the big tunes in the piece are fully exploited, but they do not appear inMoreGershwins Prelude II for piano is the second in a set of three preludes composed in 1936. In Donald Granthams uniquely original composition, Fantasy Variations, both of the big tunes in the piece are fully exploited, but they do not appear in recognizable form until near the end. The work begins with much more obscure fragments drawn from the introduction, accompanimental figures, transitions, cadences and so forth. These eventually give way to more familiar motives derived from the themes themselves. All of these elements are gradually assembled over the last half of the piece until the themes finally appear in more or less their original form.