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.
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Reaching Out, for Solo Piano is available through The FJH Music Company INC, 2004.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow