Just as the mist provides a veil for its surroundings, the right hand provides a continuous blanket of sound under which the left hand melody emerges. Each hand has its own unique technical difficulties. The right hand has constantly swirling sixteenth notes that must be absolutely steady, flowing, even, and pianisamo. The left hand, however, should be played at a slightly louder dynamic so that it can break through the mist. Markings are given for long phrases, which can be difficult due to the disjointedness of the melody. Careful pedaling is another important aspect of creating a misty quality.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow