Bela bartok 2

Careful counting and polished thirds are essential parts of this piece. The time signatures switch often between 2/2 and 3/2. The feel of the half notes as big beats should remain constant. Long held notes as well as surprising rests need to be exact. The other primary challenge is in playing legato thirds in both hands. This can be difficult, especially when the tempo increases midway through. Students may want to practice the hands alone. The piece is in d natural minor with a lot of contrary motion, giving it an individual sound.


Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow


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