Emma Lou Diemer, Happy Dance00:35

Emma Lou Diemer, Happy Dance

Emma lou diemer

Emma Lou Diemer

Quirky rhythms give this piece its dance-like qualities. Students may have difficulty with keeping a steady tempo and maintaining the pulse. Although Diemer writes in a 3/4 time signature, each measure is to be played at a fast tempo “in one.” This can be challenging, though the frequent accents can help keep the pulse. Articulation should be brisk and a strong differentiation needs to be made between staccatos and two-note slurs.

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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