Though only ten measures long, “October Morning” has some nice musical elements. Students will encounter extreme dynamic changes, long crescendos within a phrase, and numerous ritardandos. A singing melodic line repeats throughout this piece and needs to be played with finger legato. Students should be sure to use both hands for the large chords. The numerous articulation markings in the final measures add interest and should be observed carefully. Teachers may have to explain tenuto and portato markings.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow