Cornelius Gurlitt

“Bright Sky” is a fabulous piece to learn. Both hands encounter numerous technical challenges. The left hand, for example, has an Alberti bass that is constantly moving and playing accidentals. The right hand has repeated eighth notes, which are good practice for advanced repertoire. Additionally, the melody must navigate tricky rhythms and articulation. Finally, both hands are written in treble clef, which can be difficult for many students. These challenges, combined with a fun melody and lively tempo, make this work a joy to play.


Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow


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