Burgmüller Op. 100, no. 25 The Knight Errant
So, here we are at the end of the journey. All of Burgmüller’s familiar techniques are on display (and if you’ve been practicing you’ll find no problems here). Something that I haven’t talked about very much is the programatic quality of the pieces of Op. 100. Burgmüller obviously intended to tell a story, or, at the very least, to share an emotion. It’s not possible to know exactly what he had in mind, but I find it very helpful to create a storyline when learning (and especially memorizing) these etudes. In more general terms, when performing these pieces, or any others, always tell your own story, share your own emotions, and you’ll give your listeners a wonderful gift. Sláinte!