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05 October 2018

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MusicOnline UK Teaching Notes - ABRSM Piano 2019/20 Grade 1 - A3

Agincourt Song

15th Century - Anon.

ABRSM Grade 1 Piano 2019 - 2020.

Teaching Notes:
Although the tempo is marked with a crotchet beat, it really needs to feel like "one in a bar". Speed however, should never take precedence over attention to all the details of dynamics and articulation. Learn all the small details thoroughly first, at a slow tempo gradually increasing this with a metronome.  Notice for example, the use of "terraced dynamics", there are no crescendi or diminuendi, only sudden changes of dynamic. 

Attention also needs to be paid to the articulation. For most of the piece, this is quite homophonic, that is, the parts move, slur, lift, together, (the last note of all slurred groups needs to be lifted). However, care needs to be taken in bars 14 and 15. In the former, there is a two note slur in the RH, which as mentioned above needs the last note lifted, whilst the LH continues the legato into bar 15. And again here make sure the RH staccato note contrasts with the LH legato.

Finally, don't miss the B flats in bar 10, even though previously there was a B natural. 

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