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MusicOnline UK Teaching Notes - ABRSM Piano 2019/20 Grade 1 - B1

Wiegenlied: No. from Five Songs. Op 49

Johannes Brahms

ABRSM Grade 1 Piano 2019 - 2020.



Teaching Notes:

Despite appearing like one of the easier pieces in this grade, Wiegenlied has plenty of opportunities to gain or lose marks in a Grade 1 Piano exam.

The examiner will be looking out for a singing tone in the RH, where the LH does not obscure, but gently rocks away in the background (it is a lullaby, by the way). Speaking of the LH, notice the frequent use of rests on the first beat of the bar. Be careful that the last note of each previous bar does not hang over into the rest.

Also notice the phrasing. Try to think of this piece as if you were singing it. Where would you breathe? The curved slur lines give a good indication, and even when on a piano, the music needs to "breathe", that is, have a little lift between the phrases.

Be careful that the minim C in the RH bar 8, is held for it's full length, but then, as mentioned above, ever so slightly lift both hands together, before starting the next phrase, a beat before bar 9.

The ending will need extra control to reduce the dynamic down to pianissimo, being especially careful not to bump the very last bottom C (making sure here, that you are also holding on to the two notes above also.)

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