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The Berkeley Rose Garden draped in photos and music

Today was my maiden journey to the paradise of Roses in Berkeley. No words can amply describe the effect such beauty had upon me. (Taking pictures was irresistible)

Burgmuller’s “Tender Flower” was the perfect musical framing.

P.S. I made a passing cameo appearance amidst the heavenly, terraced bouquets

LINK to FB Photo Album

About the Berkeley Rose Garden (from its Facebook page)

“The Berkeley Rose Garden is a city-owned park in Berkeley, California. The Rose Garden is situated in a residential area of the Berkeley Hills between the Cragmont and La Loma Park neighborhoods, occupying most of the block between Eunice Street and Bayview Place along the west side of Euclid Avenue.

“The Rose Garden is in the form of a terraced amphitheater nestled in a small canyon and offers stunning views of the city and bay of San Francisco and the Golden Gate. Over a hundred varieties of roses grow along the terraces, with maximum blooming occurring in early Spring.”

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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.


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