Judith strickland

“Open Sesame” is a conversational piece. The hands alternate between being in parallel motion and having separate parts. It is as though they agree and then go their separate ways before merging back together. A strong distinction should be made between the legato and staccato sections. Dynamics play a large role in this piece. One section has a piano dynamic level as well as sforzando markings. These should stay within a soft dynamic range. The ending may be tricky for some students since the hands change clefs often. 


Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow


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