Kabalevsky Op. 27 no. 16 Lyrical Piece
I’ve heard this piece played with great drama and a heavy pedal. If one follows the score, it’s clear that the dynamics are actually quite understated and the role of the pedal is very specific; to allow the low quarter notes to extend to the next set of eighth notes. I’m using a half pedal to get a bell or chime effect. There’s an undercurrent of menace with that beautiful, spiraling melody underscored by the rhythmically insistent left hand. Wouldn’t this make a great theme for a murder mystery? I really like the way the ground falls away beneath your feet in measure 17, as the key changes.