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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