Descending scales in constantly changing hand positions make it easy to imagine a skier maneuvering down a snowy slope. Students should have previous experience with hand crossing so that they can maintain a steady tempo despite the continual shifts. The pedal markings should be followed to help with staying legato throughout all of the leaps. An exciting glissando during the final measures captures one’s attention and makes this piece stand out from others of similar difficulty.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow