ABRSM 2021 & 2022 - Grade 7

B1

 

This Pièce brève was originally written as a sight-reading test. As such it's got plenty to keep us on our toes! Fauré uses all four of those pesky sharps (E♯, B♯, F♭ and C♭) and at one point we find ourselves in G♯ major: it's tricky to read. The 8 short pieces were grouped together and published as a set in 1903 as op.84. They were given titles by the publisher against Fauré's wishes. No.5 is 'Improvisation'.