Capturing the contemplative mood is one of the most important elements of this piece. The overall dynamic level should remain subdued, mostly staying in the piano range. This is a great chance for students to practice producing a good tone while playing quietly. Keeping a steady pulse is crucial so that the tempo never drags. Teachers may want to encourage harmonic analysis so that the relationship between I and V chords can be felt clearly.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow