Tarantellas are often popular with students because of their virtuosity and drama. This one is no exception. Finger independence and good fingering are needed to produce the fast speeds of the melody. Crisp staccato chords of the accompaniment offer a strong contrast to the legato articulation of the right hand. Accenting the first beat of new phrases gives this tarantella an excitable mood. Following the marked dynamics gives part of the piece a sneaky feel and sets up the return of the opening material.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow