Kabalevsky Op. 27 no. 22 A Tale
Shirley calls this piece ‘the Cirque du Soleil one’, which I think makes a lot of sense. Both share a mysterious, dream-like quality. If you’re wondering what I’m doing at the very end – I wasn’t happy with the volume of the ppp low F sharp, so I started experimenting and came up with something new. I’m pressing the key down most of the way with my left hand, and then playing it with my right hand, which results in a very quiet note if done correctly. I got a kick out of my ‘getting psyched’ moment at the beginning, so I left it in.