This work was composed in 1932. This is a short piece lasting one minute and a half, but regardless of its time length, this piece has a delicate and pretty charms.
This piece has been included in the ‘Tcherepnin Collection’ published by A. Tcherepnin who took an active role as a composer and pianist. The collection was published in Japan, China as well as Western countries. For that reason, this piece had a lot of opportunities to be played outside Japan. A. Tcherepnin played “Spring of the Hill” both in a lecture concert at Munich and Chopin Hall in Paris in 1935. Furthermore, there is a performance record which shows that S. Cherkassky played the piece at a town hall in New York the same year as the concert in Paris.
“Spring of the Hill” starts from a high and weak tone. Somehow fragile, but brilliant sounds continue. This piece is written in six-eight time, but in some parts of it is written in four-eight time. Its lightly composed sound patterns develop in pentatonic, following smooth melodies and strong sounds. You may feel pleasant when it approaches multiple fourth interval and the intervals jumping in the wide sonic range. This piece brings out the charm of glittering high sound of piano as well as various colorful tones of staccato.