Though originally written for neither piano nor violin, this minuet is played frequently on both instruments. Its engaging melodies and harmonies and comfortable hand positions help explain its years of popularity with musicians of all ages. Both hands share the moving eighth notes, though the melody is primarily in the right hand. Articulation should be crisp, and pedal should be minimal if it is used at all. Terraced dynamics are effective in many passages of this cheery minuet.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow