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Burgmüller: Arabesque opus 100 no 2

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Friedrich Burgmüller - 25 Easy and Progressive Studies :
Arabesque, Op. 100 No. 2
Arabesque Op. 100 No. 2  in A Minor by Burgmüller piano sheet music
Key: A Minor Published: -
Level: 2 Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Instructive - all parts (211 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Edition (36 kB)
piano music mp3 recording Arabesque Op. 100 No. 2 - FREE SAMPLE (mp3 file)

Decorative, dramatic fun

The verve and esprit of this study makes it very enjoyable to both players and listeners. The word arabesque means ornament. Can you make this piece sound like an ornament? What other words come to your mind when thinking of an ornament? You can think of beautiful, fancy, colorful and spirited, to name a few. These words can come to life in this piece if you follow the dynamic and articulation markings carefully (slurs, staccato, accents).

Practice & Performance Tips:
This is an interesting study on five-finger patterns. Strive for an even touch and make sure that the last note of each slur has a slight wrist lift. This lift may help play the second beat more lightly, giving more charm to this study. The tempo marking Allegro scherzando means “lively and jokingly”. The word “leggiero” means light. Do not force the sound, but play from your knuckles.

Analyze the harmony (left hand) for the A section and try to memorize its chord progression. Play each chord with a quick release for a crisp sound.

The B section has the five-finger pattern on the left hand now. Strive for a steady pulse without slowing down. Again, make sure you play the last note of each slur with a quick release/lift. This might become easier if you think of the first note in each downbeat as part of a line.   Therefore, your bass line outlined in mm. 11-16 is G-sharp, A, G-sharp, A, C-sharp, D.

Give more excitement to the ending by keeping the beat steady (without speeding up or slowing down) and gradually crescendo until the end. The end is marked “risoluto” (firm and decided). The “sforzando” will help   give a dramatic effect. Think of the last chord as the loudest... Sign up for a Gold membership to read the practice tips.



Arabesque opus 100 no 2 in A Minor, a composition by the early romantic composer Friedrich Burgmüller.
It was composed during the Early Romantic period and is part of the 25 Easy and Progressive Studies by Burgmüller.


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