“Forest Murmurs” seamlessly incorporates numerous challenges into the music. For example, much of the activity in the right hand sounds like a trill exercise for the thumb and index finger. However, a charming melody soars above these trill-like sixteenth notes, eliminating the tendency of sounding too technical. Another challenge involves the articulation. Since most of the melody should be played legato, good fingering for the third, fourth, and fifth fingers is important. The left hand should help keep the tempo steady. Counting out loud is useful for maintaining the 3/4 time signature feel. Keeping the dynamics subdued throughout will not only help establish the correct mood but will also make the sixteenth notes easier to play. This is a great piece for simultaneously working on musical and technical demands. 


Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates


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