The melody, set in a Grave tempo, is doubled by a chordal accompaniment figure
until the end, when the vocalist sings over a static chordal accompaniment in a recitative-like chant.
The original vocal melody, slightly modified, begins the second section, this time accompanied by a rolling triplet accompaniment figure
The canzone is an attractive surprise, because while it is a song-like Andantino, it does not have a simple "slow movement" quality: at the beginning, the accompaniment figures
are staccato eighths and sixteenths.
The left hand does not have to extend its position beyond an octave in accompaniment figures
. Volume II moves the left hand from the lower to the mid-range of the keyboard and extends its position to a tenth in accompaniment figures
Chausson's setting in the Phrygian mode and the harplike accompaniment figures
evoke a mood of antiquity.
Another exercise that we call "pick-a-tune" is an entirely "off-road" activity--the student chooses a tune from his or her aural culture (pop tune, folk tune), figures out the melody, then harmonizes it with suitable chords and accompaniment figures
. At the beginner level, simply figuring out the tune in a suitable key may be challenge enough.
range from open fifths ("Digging for Gold," "Fossils of a Sea Monster") and ostinato patterns with an added sixth (the "western" bass pattern), to free flowing arpeggio figures ("A Night at the Opera," "Desert Lullaby").
Though the melodies remain fairly simple, the harmonic structures take on more interest, as do the accompaniment figures
in some songs.