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MusicOnline UK Teaching Notes - ABRSM Piano 2019/20 Grade 2 - B2


D. B. Kabalevsky

ABRSM Grade 2 Piano 2019 - 2020.

This elegant dance needs to have a one in a bar feel, which means that as you learn the notes and gradually get faster, try to always keep the 2nd and 3rd beats of the bar very light, leaning only the first beat of every bar.

Notice the difference, both in dynamics and articulation between the hands. The RH is legato and the LH is marked sempre staccato. However, this staccato must be very light so as to not dominate the tune in the RH. Again, notice at the beginning that both hands have different  dynamic markings.

Phrasing is also important to get a good mark in the exam. Think of the piece as a song and where the long phrase lines begin and end is where you would breathe if you were singing it. Try to let your performance on a piano breathe too. That is, a little lift at the end of each phrase.

It probably goes without saying, that you need to let the music rise and fall in dynamic level as the composer marked, just be careful to observe every marking the composer wrote and especially notice that the final dim. on the last line, continues for 6 bars, so don't get too quiet, too soon - save something for the end.

Finally, apart from the specified rit at the end, you might want to slightly pull back the tempo in bar 16, returning "a tempo" in bar 17.

This page will be a resource for students and teachers taking the ABRSM Piano Exams 2019-2020, including audio samples, teaching notes and video tutorials.

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