This piece certainly conveys the delicateness and mystery of glittering icicles. Diemer employs bitonality: the left hand is C major, while the right hand is in E-flat Major. This creates a fascinating combination of pitches that students will love. Both hands are in treble clef, so this is good practice for playing the left hand in an unfamiliar clef. The articulations are mostly marked as staccatos, which need to be extremely dry and separated in order to capture the character of the piece.
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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