“Aladdin’s Dance” offers bold contrasts. The opening of the piece has staccato triads with a playful, dancing character. The next section is extremely legato and contains a broken octave melody above a melodious, smooth accompaniment. The dynamics are also quite dramatic. The piece shifts between mezzo forte and mezzo piano every few measures. Students should make sure that these changes are audible.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow