Contrary motion creates a “mirroring” quality in this composition. Every movement in one hand is complimented by its mirror image. Adding to the mouse theme of this piece, both hands have quick bursts of notes and imitate the scurrying of the tiny rodents. The frequent rests and changes in hand positions, however, can make keeping a steady pulse difficult for young pianists. Practicing while counting out loud will help overcome this challenge.
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Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow