Although short, this piece captures the mischievous personality of a young child. Continuous staccatos provide a bouncy, fidgety mood. The right hand contributes to the impish nature by only playing on the off-beat. It stays on the same note until the very last note where it jumps up higher suddenly. Students may find it difficult to maintain this off-beat pattern in places where the left hand does not provide the foundational beats. Practicing while counting or using the metronome will help keep the tempo steady. Fun and perky, Mischief is a great choice for students with a playful attitude.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow