For me, exercises need to be short and easy to learn, and very focussed on a clear and attainable outcome. Studies, unless they are of the calibre of Chopin and Liszt, are also best when they are short and to the point. The musical content of these pieces is on a level with the technical challenges they pose, so that the listener would not necessary realise they have any didactic focus whatever. I have just launched a series of short video walkthroughs of this set, beginning with the first two.
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Burgmuller was a German pianist and composer who was active in the Romantic era s. Though he was born in Germany, he spent most of his adult life living in Paris, and his music tends to reflect the light salon style of the time.
This translates to fast allegro and playful scherzando. We also have a marking at the very beginning abbreviated to legg. This means to play lightly. We have to play fast and this is no small feat, seeing as there are 16 th notes everywhere.
The tendency with fast playing is to stiffen up the fingers, which ends up making the playing sound heavy and clunky.
Playing quietly and fast requires much more control than playing fast and loud. First, we have the staccatissimos, which are the funny little reverse water droplets you see over the chords. These are like super staccatos, and need to be very light and dramatic.
We have a sforzando basically the same thing as an accent , and some regular accents as well. The tendency with extreme staccatos is to dig into the keys, when really what we need to do is a quick releasing motion, not an attacking motion.
So we have our starting section the main tune. Where does that tune change into something quite different? After the 2 nd ending. Are there any new parts? In the first six measures, we have just two chords: our opening Am, and then a set of notes that are:. Suddenly, in measures , we warp to the relative major key C major , and our chord pattern does this:.
This brief leap to a major key never occurs in the second A section — instead, we have some Amsus4 chords that alternate with regular Am chords, creating a really somber vibe. If we rearrange these, we get an E major chord.
We do have an interesting switch to an A major chord down the line C E A , which serves to add interest and help us transition back into the A section. Because of this, it can be useful to start learning this part by blocking the notes playing a solid chord.
This gets your fingers used to the position changes without having to also move fast. When learning to play fast, be patient. Start slow, and really master slow playing. Make sure your notes are clear and concise. Then, speed up to a moderate speed.
Keep it as slow as you need to in order to have good control over your fingers. Another area that will require special focus is the transition from the B section back to the A section. This finger pattern is tough, and I recommend lots of slow drilling — even memorization — to help you through this sticky spot. Nothing is worse than an overall excellent performance of this piece, with a fumbled and sloppy transition! Play this as beautifully as you can, since it gives us a lovely contrast to the energy of the rest of the piece.
Finally, we finish with the marking risoluto — firm and decisive. This piece ends with a bang, also evident by the forte and sforzando. And to contrast all of those phrase-ending staccatos, our last note lands on a fermata — this time, we linger on the note a little longer than directed 2 beats in this case.
One final note before I send you off with this piece is to check out some other arabesques. These pieces are usually very fast, and a little ethnic-sounding. Claude Debussy composed Deux Arabesques , which are very famous examples of the genre and very beautiful. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial of Arabesque by Burgmuller! It really is one of my favorite grade 3 level pieces to teach. I hope you give it a try and that you enjoy it as much as I do!
Composed by Johann Friedrich Burgmuller Edited by Louis Oesterle. Piano Method. Piano studies book. With standard notation and fingerings. Schirmer LB Published by G. Schirmer HL. Share the love! Posted in grade 3 , Romantic.
25 Études faciles et progressives, Op.100 (Burgmüller, Friedrich)
He was born in Ratisbon now Regensburg Germany. His mother was pianist and singer Therese von Zandt. Friedrich moved to Paris in at age 26 ,  where he stayed until his death. Norbert, his brother, made plans to join him in Paris, in However, he drowned in a spa in Aachen a year later.
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