Pastoral is a style of music that refers to nature, either in form or in mood. This piece is a free in form and is written in a calm 6/8 meter. Students should get a cue from the Andante cantabile tempo marking and play with a beautiful singing legato line. The double thirds in the right hand will pose the biggest difficulty in executing this piece properly. The voicing needs particular attention in these sections.
Korak Lertpibulchai, Doctoral Piano Student, The University of Iowa