100th birthday on 13 February 2011
Pütz' intention to bridge the gap between two musical worlds - of 'serious' and of 'light' music - preoccupied him for much of his life. Apart from contemporary music he also wrote jazz-inspired works with an elaborate style - never primitive nor just 'pleasant'. 'Jazz-Sonatine' shows this combination of contemporary music and jazz as is typical of Pütz: contemporary tonality and jazz harmony do not seem to stand in contrast to each other classical forms and improvisational elements merge. The three little pieces are perfect additions to the piano teaching repertoire and to youth competitions.