Dynamics are crucial to the success of this character piece; students can visualize the melting of snow and budding of spring to help guide their interpretation. Dotted rhythms and hemiolas can make the 6/8 meter difficult to feel; melodic voicing within the piece’s nearly uniform homophony could present a challenge for some students. Finally, teachers should be aware of the appearance of several double-sharps and clarify this marking with students.


Jennifer Brooke, undergraduate piano major


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