Once students become familiar with the notes in this piece, the musical details easily follow. However, the initial note-reading can be difficult due to the constantly changing hand positions and the frequent use of 8va. The indicated pedaling contributes to the spooky character of the piece and should be attentively followed. The accompaniment consists primarily of open fifths, which should be at a softer dynamic level than that of the melody.
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Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow