Burgmuller: 25 Easy and Progressive Etudes, Op. 100

4. La Petite Réunion (The Little Party) in C major

The composer paints a jolly picture of a little party in this piece. We hear laughter in the bouncy thirds (RH bars 2, 10, etc.) and perhaps a note of disappointment (the A flats in bars 19 and 20) that the party is drawing to a close and it is time to think about going home. The guests are happy and content, and enjoy each other’s conversation (listen carefully to the dialogue between the hands from bar 15). This is a study in double note playing on the white notes (mostly thirds, but also sixths), staccato as well as legato....

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