Carl Czerny

Ascending arpeggios and a waltz-like bass make this piece exciting for students to learn. Descending scales in A Major are easier for students that have already had experience playing scales. Simple melodies flow throughout this perky exercise. Due to the 6/8 time signature and high register, maintaining a light mood comes naturally. There are many opportunities for experimenting with varying articulation, such as crisp slurs and staccatos. Since the tempo is Andantino, there is no need to take a rushed tempo. This merry piece is a good choice for students that can play without fluctuating in tempo.


Caroline Krause, undergraduate piano major, The University of Iowa