Little Changes and Fugue -
so-called "Coltrane changes" are a complete jazz progression, named for
famed saxophonist John Coltrane. The changes and their related "Coltrane
substitution cycle" move quickly through a series of mostly non-repetitious
seven chords, major and minor. Movement through seconds and thirds, rather
than the older progressions yields a certain freshness. The giocoso
mood of the prelude is heightened with some jazz-flavored licks.
fugue takes a lick from the prelude, and adapts it to a stand-alone motive,
with some assistance from several of the "changes," this subject answers not
in the dominant, but secondary dominant as well. A secco gesture ends
the fugue in a similar way that another breaks the harmonic rush of the
score is 3 pages, with an approximate performance time of 3' 00."
is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano score.
Little Changes and Fugue