Far too often, beginning piano repertoire does not include arpeggios. “Phantom Rider” is an exception. Throughout this fun piece, arpeggiated figurations alternate with dramatic, thick chords. There are many opportunities to practice extreme dynamic ranges with intense build ups. However, this piece is hard to follow follow. The clefs change frequently, there are numerous accidentals (including double sharps), and the hands are continuously crossing over one another. Once these challenges are overcome, though, the musical aspects to be explored are well worth it.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow