Etude for the right hand: to express properly the melody of a drums by triplets.
Etude No. 5 was for the student a first example of drums singing by triplets; but it was not to stop him in terms of expression; now he can deal with it more, where he will not find mechanical difficulties. Already, the study of drums No. 21 has given him the opportunity to apply a soft expression to it; the feeling he will be able to put to it will be deeper, and more extensive. This is how he must seek to lead simultaneously, and in the same proportion of increase, the execution and expression that embellishes it. This piece must be played very closely, especially the top note which indicates the singing in each drum. This note will be hit a bit hard, while the last two of the drum will be hit only gently. We’ll have to hear the vibration of the third. When observing the dynamics indicated, care should be taken to bring them only up to the MEZZO FORTE. (H. de Montgeroult)
(Edna Stern – 2017)