Dennis Alexander

Though the melodic line is simple throughout, the experimentation with unique harmonies gives this piece its charm. The gentle melody returns often and is only interrupted by brief passages of ascending, hand-crossing arpeggios. The dynamics also help contribute to the dreamy atmosphere. A forte dynamic level is not reached until the last two lines. This dynamic pattern of a slow build-up could be explained and be made relevant by comparing it with arriving at the climax of a story or a movie. The pedaling should also be carefully executed in order to have clear changes corresponding with the harmony.


Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow


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