Tuesday, September 08, 2009

George Winston - Variations on the Kanon by Pachelbel

A while ago, I posted a lesson (August Reflections) where I show students how to compose a theme and variations for piano. Now, most composers today do not compose using this musical form. That's not to say it isn't still used but … it can sound antiquated if certain harmonies and sounds are used.

That's why I posted this George Winston video. Listen to how he "contemporizes" it through improvisation!

He makes it his own. How? By playing around with the chords. Can you do this as well? Of course! Listen to HOW he varies the main theme. Never boring but always moving forward, Winston uses his intuition and skill to give listeners a compelling musical experience!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:32 PM

    I would like you to change the reactions to: ! 1. boring 2.beautiful 3. amazing 4. challenging
    5. favorite
    I love Winston's variation I've heard it many times and very much like the way he changes the way he harmonizes in each verse. I may be wrong but I felt that he was out of time three or 4 times throughout. ( maybe the recording) If you have a chance listen to george Winston when he does the doors songs. Incredible! P.S. I like his mandolin imitation at the end.