He was a child prodigy, who was able to do basic arithmetic with 4-digit numbers at the age of two. At the age of three, Say started his piano lessons under the tutelage of pianist Mithat Fenmen. Say wrote his first piece — a piano sonata — in , at the age of fourteen, when he was a student at the Conservatory of his home town Ankara. It was followed, in this early phase of his development, by several chamber works without an opus number, including Schwarze Hymnen for violin and piano and a guitar concerto. He subsequently designated as his opus 1 one of the works that he had played in the concert that won him the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York: the Four Dances of Nasreddin Hodja This work already displays in essence the significant features of his personal style: a rhapsodic, fantasia-like basic structure; a variable rhythm, often dance-like, though formed through syncopation; a continuous, vital driving pulse; and a wealth of melodic ideas that may often be traced back to themes from the folk music of Turkey and its neighbours.
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String Instruments. Wind Instruments. Vocal Music. Chamber Music and Ensembles. Film Music. Stage Works. Performing Rights. Primary School. Secondary School. Music Lessons. For Kids. My Account. Shopping Cart 0 item. My Cart. Home Paganini Jazz. Paganini Jazz. Variations on the Caprice No. Show download edition. Briefly, the piece was rewritten and expanded a number of times between and We can evaluate the work as having taken its inspiration from Paganini's renowned "24th Capriccio", transforming it into "variations on jazz" requiring virtuoso rendition as well as being a creation open to the addition of improvisations and a variety of arrangements.
Throughout music history a number of composers have written various works inspired by the "24th Capriccio". We can count among them Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninov and Lutoslavski. Furthermore, when the work is considered as a short encore piece, it is abbreviated in a manner deemed suitable by Say.