Like a gently rolling stream, this prelude twists and turns, never stopping for long. Most of the excitement is expressed in the right hand. Using a consistent fingering, which is given, is important for playing legato and swiftly. Large hands will be more at ease with the stretches in the accompaniment. A gentle rubato adds to the beauty of a performance. Students should be sure to follow the dynamic markings closely in order to reach the dramatic climax midway through this piece. The constant changes of hand positions may be difficult for some. This is a perfect choice for students who love to play fast, yet gentle, repertoire.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow