Expressivity is the key for giving a powerful performance of this waltz. The dance-like character is a lost a bit due to the slow, tender tempo. Specific, slightly unusual pedaling as well as some grace notes may be unfamiliar to young pianists. The sensitive dynamic markings give the piece a warm, cozy feeling. Students should be aware of the effect that changes in register can have on the character.
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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