I think of the Blue Preludes as night music. Seven are performed here, others exist still in sketch form. Most of the ideas were worked out late at night when I couldn't sleep. They take extended triads (jazz harmonies), and with a little distortion, they drift into a more detached atonal sound world. This interplay of references hopefully can engage the listener in a number of unexpected twists as the music unfolds. The even numbered preludes are faster and more aggressive than the slower paced, even numbered ones.
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iv. (duration 1:01)
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vi. (duration 1:23)
vii. (duration 2:05) Total Duration 8:55
Recorded: Lawrence University, Conservatory of Music, Appleton, Wisconsin, 2001. J. Halvor Benson, piano, Larry Darling, Recording Engineer.