This piece is about Belinda the chipmunk popping out of a hole, full of curiosity for the world. Staccatos in the left hand crossing over the right hand portray her movement. Performers can capture the chipmunk’s excitement by following the engaging dynamic contrasts. Make sure to explain the meaning of sfz to students. Occasional sixteenth-note figurations, dotted rhythms, and numerous off-beat chords may present rhythmic challenges to students. Have fun with the tempo change in the jaunty ending.
Caroline Krause, undergraduate piano major, The University of Iowa