Summertime Variations

  • Year of composition: 2009
  • Series: Piano
  • Publisher: Schott Music


Summertime Variations is the third arrangement I have made of Gershwin’s Summertime – and the first for solo piano. It begins and ends very quietly and cantabile with a meditation on the well-known opening motif. The complete melody then forms the basis for the swinging and extremely virtuoso Presto Variations of the central section.

The work was composed as a concert piece for my classical solo recitals, but I also play Summertime Variations as an encore in my regular performances in jazz festivals such as in Montreux.

(Fazil Say)


Publisher: Schott Music
Duration: 6′ 0”
Difficulty: difficult
16 Pages – Saddle stitching


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