The supremely still, calm and gentle opening of this sublime study, suggests melodic influences and characteristics of a lullaby. As such, aside from warmth of sound and delicacy of approach, great attention will be required in gluing the melodic line together, in order to play with softness and at the same time, as seamless a legato as possible.
This beautiful study, which sounds as though it could easily pass for incidental music in a Midsummer Night’s Dream, skips along deliciously. Gently slurred groupings of two quavers (eighth notes) and passages of constant, sparkling single tonguing are to the fore. We will need to approach the work with a graceful manner and an emphasis on playing with elegance and charm.
Charming arpeggios and cascading scale patterns, along with precise elements of articulation can be worked on in this gently flowing study. In addition, there are opportunities to focus on and explore quality and evenness of sound, as the study frequently descends into the lower reaches of the instrument.
Although initially simple looking, on searching beneath the surface, we discover that there is much within this study for us to engage with.
The more customary elements of sound, articulation and intervals (more often than not rising and in diminuendo) are here, requiring considerate amounts of thought.
With frequent rests throughout, how we can create atmosphere through silence and make it very much a part of our performance, is also on the agenda.