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Belated London Premiere for Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel on International Women’s Day

As part of its special day of programming for International Women’s Day, BBC Radio 3 broadcasted a live performance of the Easter Sonata, a major piano work which until recently had been attributed to Felix Mendelssohn, but is now proved to be the work of his sister Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel. Read more >>

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goalevan
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« on: May 31, 2004, 01:13:50 AM »

1st movement, bars 5-6, and other times in the piece, why does the fingering change on the G# from finger 5 to 4 and 5 again? I know this edition is old - being from sheetmusic archive, is it still a good idea to use these fingerings?

here's a link to the file: http://www.sheetmusicarchive.net/compositions_b/btsn27_2.pdf
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piano sheet music of Sonata 14 (Moonlight)
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2004, 01:18:40 AM »

If you speak from the measures that uses the third voice, the answer is yes. You use the fourth in the bottom voice of your RH , and then you have new notes in the third voice, so you use your 5 ... you need your fourth to continue the bottom voice anyway... so use the fingerings that are written!
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2004, 01:20:42 AM »

Scuse me but there is an exception ... the little third at the end of mesure 5 ... make what you have the most ease with ... but i suggest to keep a fourth there... and if you use the 3 , use it since the second fourth that's written.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2004, 01:26:55 AM »

look at measure 10-11, it uses the fingering I would think would be easiest for anyone
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2004, 01:36:51 AM »

It's exactly the fingering i described first! So go for it!
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2004, 02:52:28 AM »

And if you are not a well experienced pianist and don't have a REAL good technique ... you will have to WORK and WORK to make something of the third movement, you must be able to thrill with 3-4 and same 4-5 and other things like that ... it is really a hard sonata (only for the third movement).
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2004, 03:41:24 AM »

just gonna do the first movement for now, and save the third movement for somewhere down the road.
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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2004, 04:34:23 AM »

Since how many time do you play piano ?
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« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2004, 04:35:52 AM »

I've been playing for about 4 months
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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2004, 05:01:27 AM »

ok but 4 months will be the time it will take you to make the third movement ... but keep it in mind in one year or 2 you'll surely be able with some work !!
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« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2004, 04:06:00 PM »

I wouldn't look at  the fingerings too much, they don't necessarily suit YOUR hands best. A lot of finger markings that I've seen in scores have been totally useless, and I always find ways to use my hands effectively anyway. Technique wouldn't evolve if everyone followed other people's fingerings.  Roll Eyes

Only look at the fingerings if you can't find a way on your own.
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