One can imagine pirates at sea singing this tune. Both hands start out with the melody, firmly establishing the pitches and rhythms for the rest of the piece. Then, the left hand has a chance to shine since it takes the melody and the right hand simply has open fifths. A strong pulse and lilting feel gives the piece a spacious, adventurous character. The accompaniment should be played solidly since the melody easily comes through. Not many dynamic suggestions are given, so teachers may wish to mark more changes.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow