Burgmüller Op. 100, no. 15 Ballade
This etude, along with Arabesque, is Burgmüller’s assurance of immortality, appearing in countless anthologies over the years. Pay close attention to the dynamics and bring out those famous sforzando A naturals. Also notice that Burgmüller indicates only one ritenudo in the piece (towards the end of the lyrical section), and the time given up here is immediately stolen back by the animato three measures later.