25 Easy and Progressive Etudes (Op. 100)

3. La Pastorale (Pastoral) in G major

Feel two beats in a bar (‘1-and-a 2-and-a’). For the dolce cantabile singing line play beautifully legato, keeping the fingers close to the keys and the wrist flexible. Sing the melody line out loud to find the phrasing; in keeping with the descriptive title we might even imagine a shepherd playing a flute. Aim for a tonal balance of mp in the RH and pp in the LH accompaniment. The LH stays very close to the keys in the repeated chords to avoid any clatter. No pedal is necessary, but if you want a warmer sound you could...

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