Burgmüller Op. 100, no. 12 The Farewell
Using the provided fingering makes this piece quite a challenge, but, of course, that’s the point. The weak 4th and 5th fingers are asked again and again to play not only quickly but softly. The lyrical middle section offers a brief respite from the sorrow of the parting, but the anxiety returns in the form of an unexpected F minor chord, heralding the shift back to A minor. In the end, remember that it’s always better to play evenly at a slower tempo. Trading control for speed defeats the purpose of the etude.