Just as a seascape visually portrays the sea, this piece also creates a picture in the mind, but through sound. This billowy piece has many of the stylistic characteristics of great Romantic works, which also often depict nature. Drama, strong dynamic contrasts, thick chords, and a large swooping climax are all part of “Seascape.” Keeping the eighth notes steady and observing the frequent rests are important. Dynamics also contribute to the intensity, and advanced markings are given. The indicated pedaling can be a bit tricky but creates a unique effect and should be followed closely.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow