As the final piece in the first set of Pour les Enfants, this piece has a mood of finality. The frequent cadences contribute to this feeling and also make the piece a good choice for analysis. The melody must emerge from within thick textures, posing a challenge for beginning pianists. The accompaniment should remain at a soft dynamic level to help with this. Long phrases and dynamics corresponding with the ebb and flow of the music add a lot of depth to the piece.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow