After the first 4 études, I think Andersen is giving us a bit of a break with no. 5! The main features of this étude are:
- Legato playing in various groupings
- forte dynamic throughout (except for a brief moment of piano)
- Scale and arpeggio figures
Being in D major and with the direction con alterezza (with pride), we should aim to find a happy and bright tone. High D and middle D are both quite easy to get bright sounds on, so try to keep that colour on all the notes. C sharp will want to sound out of tune and too open – don’t let it. Practise the C sharp to D pattern in reverse so you start with D and then find an equally good C sharp.
Andersen’s slur groupings help show the harmonic rhythm, so give each slur a slight stress at the beginning.
Be careful with the groups of 4 semiquavers (16th notes) that the last semiquaver isn’t louder – you will need to do a small diminuendo for each group. By doing so, we will hear the progression more clearly. This is easier when the group is going down. Make sure the ones going up are treated with equal care.
In terms of intonation, make sure the semitones (minor 2nds) are close together and the tones (major 2nds) are wide enough.
Use the scales and arpeggios to take the phrase onwards. Don’t ever play them without energy or direction.
But the main thing is get that brilliant sound and use it from the beginning to the end, maintaining pride in your tone. Your legato should be like a string player or singer- don’t lose the contact or colour.
Thanks for reading and happy fluting!