Dennis Alexander

“Gentle Breezes” is a fantastic piece for trading off the melody between hands. This is good practice for more advanced repertoire in which both hands often have melodic material. Much chromaticism is present and the accidentals can be a bit confusing. The dotted rhythms in both hands present a challenge for some students. The rests in the accompaniment should be carefully observed. A lilting feeling is appropriate for this style of music and can be achieved by placing an emphasis on the first beat of each measure. 


Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow


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