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MusicOnline UK Teaching Notes - ABRSM Piano 2019/20 Grade 3 - B2

Allegretto Grazioso - No.11 from Kleine Blumen, Op 205

Cornelius Gurlitt.

ABRSM Grade 3 Piano 2019 - 2020.

The marking grazioso signifies that this piece needs to sound like a graceful waltz. One thing that will help you achieve this is to aim for a one in a bar feel, that is, don't think of three separate crotchets in a bar, but just the one beat (the first beat of the bar). With this in mind, a gentle lean on the first beat, lightening the 2nd and 3rd beats will help the music flow stylistically.

Also try to voice the tune, don't let the LH accompaniment become too heavy thus drowning out the tune.

Apart from the marked rit in bar 21, did you notice in the video performance here, a slight pulling back of tempo in bar 8 and also right at the end of the piece. This will help the phrases breathe musically.

In bars 15 & 16, and later bars 31 & 32, be careful about the lengths of notes. Make sure the bottom F sharp in the RH is tied right through to the next bar, but the lower F sharp of the LH needs to release exactly at the end of the first bar in each case.

In the middle section I have decided to separate the LH crotchets with a light staccato to provide some contrast. You will also need to be attentive to the fingering in the RH to produce flowing quavers. Finally in this middle section, notice also the rising and falling dynamics thus giving the phrases some shape".

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