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Burgmuller’s “Tender Flower” for rolling wrist motion (from 25 Progressive Pieces, Op. 100)

This charming Romantic character piece provides a perfect opportunity to practice the forward rolling wrist motion, especially with its motivic pairs of 8th notes. While the second one under the slur is notated as staccato, it should not be clipped. As an example, think about how a singer would phrase these notes. She certainly wouldn’t have a breathy, crisp exit.

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The physical and musical approach I enlist when teaching this colorful miniature is demonstrated in steps on video.

In general, all the composer’s 25 Progressive Pieces have individual teaching goals wrapped into them as they simultaneously enchant with their beautiful melodies and lush harmony.

Piano Instruction: “Tender Flower”

In tempo:

The wrist motions are sized down on the 8th pairs as you play quicker

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