Sincerity, Op. 100, no. 1 by Friedrich Burgmüller
Let’s get things rolling with the rolling melodies of Etude no. 1, Sincerity. The opening motive is a descending third followed by two seconds. This device will be used in its ascending form, as well. Burgmüller was a master of using small devices like this to unify his compositions. With repeats, we hear this figure 43 times! When playing this etude, practice keeping the eighth notes as even as possible. Burgmüller’s music truly comes alive with the use of dynamics – bring them out to allow the piece to breathe.