Contrary to the suggestion of the title, some aspects of this piece are anything but “easy.” For example, numerous tied notes in both hands make sight-reading the piece a challenge. Practicing the hands separately is essential for maintaining clarity between lines and holding notes for their correct values. Since both hands have to deal with voicing decisions, this is a great opportunity for introducing the more advanced challenge of determining what to bring out. Students should be careful to keep the dynamic levels soft so that that a gentle mood can remain. Also, good fingering is necessary to produce the desired legato touch.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow