||Famous Composer-pianists as Sergei Rachmaninov(1873-1943), Alexander Scriabin(1872-1915), and Nikolai Kapustin(1937- ), nourished from the Moscow Music Conservatory since Romantic period in the nineteenth century, whose compositional inspirations based on the tradition established by predecessors such as J. S. Bach (1685-1750) and Ludwig van Beethoven(1770-1827), have successfully created their own musical styles. As a virtuoso pianist, Kapustin’s piano works are getting well-known in recent years . Among them, the Twenty-four Preludes, Op. 53, composed in 1988 with Jazz elements, inherited directly from Chopin’s Twenty-four Preludes, Op. 28, are unique and representative in the twentieth century.|
This research contains two main chapters. The first chapter introduces the educational background and piano compositional features of Kapustin. The second chapter explores the historical transitions of the Twenty-four Preludes first, and then focuses on how Kapustin employs different formal structures, as well as techniques of motivic development, thematic variation and transformation to unify various Jazz materials in the Twenty-four Preludes, Op. 53.