|DW939 - Ali Baba’s Barber:
Standard: Grade 5
Approximate playing time: 2 min 30 secs.
Written in D minor (using just three chords in the basses), this piece combines the mysterious with catchy, playful, and rhythmic. The introduction combines treble chords with a four-note lead-in bass motif. The treble melody and accenting invokes a Moorish feel, with accents and phrasing confirming the rhythmic theme.
The second treble section is rapid and requires smoothness and dexterity of the performer, with an extended section displaying playfulness between treble and bass rhythms. After returning to the original theme the piece ends with a showy four-note treble glissando.