With a rhythmic pattern, pitch pattern, and mood very similar to one of J. S. Bach’s preludes in A-flat major, this is a great preparatory piece for more advanced works. This piece is unique, however because of the more chordal texture of the left hand and the constant use of pedal. The accompaniment changes clefs often, which may be difficult for some students. The numerous accidentals in the middle section may be challenging as well. Maintaining an extremely steady tempo is important for keeping the music moving and lively. Terraced dynamics also play a part in this prelude.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow