In this pleasant piece, Bartók keeps listeners attentive by constantly switching from 2/4 to 3/4 and even 5/8 at one point. Students may need help understanding how this affects the pulse. Generally, the top voice should be voiced well, though this piece has many layers that require attentive detail. Finger legato should be used primarily without relying on the pedal. The thick textures and moving eighth notes make much pedaling impractical.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow