Kagagal Because of this, it can be useful to start learning this part by blocking the notes playing a solid chord. Edited by Louis Oesterle. Creative Commons Attribution 3. After the 2 nd ending. Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 3.
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Composed by Johann Friedrich Burgmuller Edited by Louis Oesterle. Piano Method. Piano studies book. With standard notation and fingerings. Schirmer LB Published by G. Schirmer HL. Burgmuller was a German pianist and composer who was active in the Romantic era s. Though he was born in Germany, he spent most of his adult life living in Paris, and his music tends to reflect the light salon style of the time. We also have a marking at the very beginning abbreviated to legg. This means to play lightly.
We have to play fast and this is no small feat, seeing as there are 16th notes everywhere. The tendency with fast playing is to stiffen up the fingers, which ends up making the playing sound heavy and clunky.
Playing quietly and fast requires much more control than playing fast and loud. There are several accent and staccato markings in this piece. First, we have the staccatissimos, which are the funny little reverse water droplets you see over the chords. These are like super staccatos, and need to be very light and dramatic.
Then we have some regular staccatos, usually placed at the end of a short phrase. We have a sforzando basically the same thing as an accent , and some regular accents as well. The tendency with extreme staccatos is to dig into the keys, when really what we need to do is a quick releasing motion, not an attacking motion. How many parts are there? So we have our starting section the main tune. Where does that tune change into something quite different?
After the 2nd ending. Are there any new parts? That basically just means there are two parts, but it finishes with the first part like so: ABA. In the first six measures, we have just two chords: our opening Am, and then a set of notes that are: ADF Which, if we rearrange into thirds, we can figure out what chord it is easily: DFA D minor. This brief leap to a major key never occurs in the second A section — instead, we have some Amsus4 chords that alternate with regular Am chords, creating a really somber vibe.
In the second bar, the strong beats feature the notes A-C-E — back to our tonic chord, Am. So the B section simply alternates from the dominant to the tonic V-i. We do have an interesting switch to an A major chord down the line C E A , which serves to add interest and help us transition back into the A section.
Because of this, it can be useful to start learning this part by blocking the notes playing a solid chord. This gets your fingers used to the position changes without having to also move fast. When learning to play fast, be patient. Start slow, and really master slow playing.
Make sure your notes are clear and concise. Then, speed up to a moderate speed. Keep it as slow as you need to in order to have good control over your fingers. Difficult Transition Another area that will require special focus is the transition from the B section back to the A section. This finger pattern is tough, and I recommend lots of slow drilling — even memorization — to help you through this sticky spot. Nothing is worse than an overall excellent performance of this piece, with a fumbled and sloppy transition!
Play this as beautifully as you can, since it gives us a lovely contrast to the energy of the rest of the piece. Finally, we finish with the marking risoluto — firm and decisive. This piece ends with a bang, also evident by the forte and sforzando. And to contrast all of those phrase-ending staccatos, our last note lands on a fermata — this time, we linger on the note a little longer than directed 2 beats in this case. Other Arabesques One final note before I send you off with this piece is to check out some other arabesques.
These pieces are usually very fast, and a little ethnic-sounding. Claude Debussy composed Deux Arabesques, which are very famous examples of the genre and very beautiful. It really is one of my favorite grade 3 level pieces to teach.
I hope you give it a try and that you enjoy it as much as I do!
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