Graupner’s Intrada in C major is in 4/4 time and mostly has a 4-bar phrase structure. The first beat of each measure has a strong pulse which needs to be highlighted. After the first repeat sign, the main theme is reprised in the key of G major and the distance between hands become more apart. Most of the left hand part requires a relaxing hand position to play broken octaves. The students need to find a way to relax their left hand while playing these octaves (non-legato) without accenting their thumbs. Students need to be aware of the dynamic contrast between the phrases for the echo sounds effect. Voicing issues also make up part of the difficulty of this piece.
Korak Lertpibulchai, Doctoral Piano Student, The University of Iowa