Music Box Waltz is a substantial, recital-length piece (about 2½ minutes long), staying in C 5-finger position until the very end when there is a left hand crossover to play the very highest C on the piano! Students will be able to practice a gradual ritardando as the “music box” winds down. There is an optional rolled chord played with both hands over a fermata, which helps the piece sound fancy and dramatic (and more like a mechanical music box). For such an easy piece, it’s incredibly effective in performance.
Students are encouraged to listen to mechanical wind-up music boxes to get performance ideas.
Key: C major
Mood: delicate, happy
pedagogy: gradual ritardando, rolled chords, hand crossing, bringing out the melody, strict mechanical rhythm