A joyous spirit gives “Merriement” its bewitching character. A lot of the charm comes from upbeat rhythms and a strong pulse. Pianists playing this work need to have well-developed rhythmic skills. Also, they should be able to produce a bright, crisp sound that contrasts with the warmer, legato sections. A few measures of contrary motion increase the difficulty of the piece. Rests are another important aspect and they can be quite dramatic if desired.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow