Since this piece has many similarities to Chopin’s etude Op. 25, no. 7, it is an ideal preparatory work. Both pieces have a singing tenor line imitating the sound of a cello. Throughout the piece the melody surges up, only to dramatically fall back down again. Additionally, students should be mindful to aurally note the connection between large interval leaps in the left hand melody so that there is no disjunction in the melody. This piece should be played at a slow enough tempo to fully enjoy the harmonies. Dynamic contrasts add dramatic variety to this prelude. Be mindful to follow Chopin's pedal markings in the last four measures.
Caroline Krause, undergraduate piano major, The University of Iowa