This is the most challenging from Vandall’s Volume I of preludes. Fast and unrelenting, this piece either has hands alternating eighth notes or fast scales between the hands. Both hands need to be technically solid, though they each encounter slightly different challenges. The right hand needs to be able to play triads with a solid tone and with a voiced top note. The left hand has frequent fragments of scales and in the middle section has a series of running pentascales. They are similar to those found in Czerny exercises. This prelude has a vibrant character that is heightened by extreme dynamic changes. Although this piece presents numerous technical challenges it is worth the work because it is exciting to perform and to hear.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow