Contrary to the implications of the title, “Lost Romance Blues” is upbeat and fun. Students will enjoy numerous exciting rhythms. For example, the eighth notes have a swing rhythm and Alexander uses lots of triplets. Typical of jazzier pieces, counting is fundamental to the success of a performance, especially in moments with ties. Other elements include chromaticism, repeated triads, and many accidentals. Fingering is important in some of the trickier passage work sections. This is a great piece for students who are confident with more advanced rhythms.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow