By Carolyn C. Setliff
This solo has it all---a grand introduction, sweeping lyrical melodies and a sophisticated finish that advancing students will find very appealing. The key of D minor lends a certain melancholy air and adds to the drama of the contrasting sections. Expressive playing and a rubato feel are necessary to achieve the true style of this rhapsody. Its appeal is sure to make it a hit at contests and on recitals.