A more unusual work is the Barcarolle sur les touches noires, written in 1887. For reasons unknown it was not published by Belaieff but by his rival V Bessel & Co, another Leipzig-based publishing house. Perhaps for this reason, it has no opus number. Glazunov has rather cleverly exploited its F sharp major tonality so as to ensure, as the title suggests, that the right hand plays only on the black keys of the piano. However, one of its charms is that he has successfully avoided any sense of artifice and, despite having only five pitches available for the construction of the melody, it never sounds forced or unnatural.
from notes by Stephen Coombs © 1996