The word “Scherzo” means “little joke.” But the meter changes in this piece are certainly no joke to execute successfully. The mixed meter consists of varying time signatures such as 7/8 and 3/8. Accents and tenuto sign indicate how to convey these changes. Constant interplay of eighth notes between hands can also be challenging. The long D major chord that cuts the piece in half establishes a sense of tonality and should be held dramatically. Another difficulty is following all of the marked articulation. However, this is crucial for setting the gleeful tone of the work.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow