Etude Allegro

One of my favorite performance pieces for intermediate students is Etude Allegro by Yoshinao Nakada.  While the tune is catchy and fun for audiences to listen to, there is a myriad of technical challenges the performer must master for a good performance:

different articulations including legato, staccato, accents;

dynamics ranging from pianissimo to fortissimo;

an ascending glissando for right hand which has a diminuendo marking on it (not the usual crescendo you’d expect in an ascending glissando);

tempo changes – the “a” sections of the ABA form are allegro, with an almost non-stop sixteenth note pattern in either hand, while the “b” section has a slower cantabile tempo with an undulating left hand accompaniment;

spotty pedaling throughout the “a” sections, legato pedaling in the “b” section;

voicing challenges- in the “a” sections, the right hand must voice the melody while also keeping the sixteenth note rhythms light and smooth, in the “b” section, the right hand must voice a beautiful melody above the left hand broken-chord accompaniment

Etude Allegro truly is a lovely piece with lots of opportunity for the intermediate pianist to shine!

Have a listen (not my student, by the way):

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