Iain Farrington

Pianist, organist, composer, arranger

Classical Converts for Piano Solo

Classical Converts is a series of solo piano works in a jazz idiom. Each piece takes a familiar classical work and re-imagines it using jazz styles, with a wide range of moods: energetic, playful, melancholic and passionate. Valerie takes a ride turns Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries into a sly rhythmic swing number. Jim’s Nobody is a cool and reflective version of Satie’s 1st Gymnopedie. Carmen’s Karma is an extended Fantasy on the three main arias sung by Carmen in Bizet’s opera. Elise’s Blues is a sad and dreamy memory of Beethoven’s Fur Elise. Stormin’ Summer is a fast and furious take on Vivaldi’s Summer. Made in the UK treats the British national anthem to several brief variations, culminating in a ruinous and malignant climax.

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