Emma Lou Diemer, Busy Toccata00:59

Emma Lou Diemer, Busy Toccata

Emma lou diemer

Emma Lou Diemer

“Busy Toccata” gives no opportunity for taking a break. Students will love playing this high-energy, spirited toccata. Strong technical skills are needed for being successful with the rapid legato and staccato sixteenth notes as well as for correctly playing the tricky rhythms. Teachers should make sure that students pick a tempo where they can play evenly and brilliantly. The articulation and numerous accidentals can be challenging. However, any extra work needed for this piece is worth it due to its exciting character and pedagogical value.

Composer/Publisher InformationEdit

Complete bio can be found at

Reaching Out, for Solo Piano is available through The FJH Music Company INC, 2004.


Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow

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