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Topic: sorry - Rachmaninoff, op.23, no.2  (Read 1627 times)

Offline andhow04

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sorry - Rachmaninoff, op.23, no.2
on: August 09, 2005, 05:15:52 PM
i know a MILLION posts have already been made asbout this one, but i have one thang I just can't figure out.
IN the middle section, where hte RH is in sextuplets and the LH is in basically triplet eights, or duplet eights, whats the RHYTHM of the RH to sound like? Like this,


or ilke,


obviously the Octaves are the melody, but i mean how is it grouped anyways.
and another Q, what about "hand position?" usually its octaves alternating with Thirds,. Sometimes fourths. Would i position the third/fourth Previous to the octave with the octave, or the octave with the third/fourth suceeding it /!?! I have tried a lot of things but can't get it comfortable. And i can get the notes fast enough to play it at a fast tempo where i might be able to figure it out. Any experienced players here ?!?!?!?!

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Offline allchopin

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Re: sorry - Rachmaninoff, op.23, no.2
Reply #1 on: August 10, 2005, 05:21:02 PM
The first choice is slightly more accurate, but it should sound like one large flowing run, not a pulsing one.

As for the hand positioning, the whole section should be a fluid movement rather than individual thirds/octaves.  Your hand should be (and will be, up to tempo) in constant motion in the direction the passage is going.  Just make sure your hand isn't over laterally rotated to the right to avoid strain (try to keep pinky aligned roughly straight with the arm).  Practice flowing legato without tension and it should come naturally.  I'm sure there are advanced players here, they're just staying silent :P

Offline ramseytheii

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Re: sorry - Rachmaninoff, op.23, no.2
Reply #2 on: August 11, 2005, 03:42:08 PM
This is my understanding of what is going on in this fantastic piece.  The sectino you're talking about starts I think in Measure 18.  The rigth hand's sextuplets are to be grouped in 3 groups of 2.  The point is, that the octaves, which fall on the even count within the sextuplet, syncopate with the left hand's truplet eighths.  It makes a fluttering, almost Schumann-esque kind of texture.
Once in a while the left hand has duplets, but the right hand should continue in the same rhythm.  So we are hearing not just triplet VS. duplet, but the syncopations of a triplet VS. duplet.  It's an interesting cross rhythm.

However that is not the hardest part.  At measure 28, the LH goes into straight 16ths.  THe right hand, with some different slurring, is still in sextuplets.  It' smy understanding that the RH is -still- playing the sextuplets in 3 gruops of two, so we still hear the syncopations of a triplet, now against four notes!!  It's really hard, and would be easy, if Rachmaninoff had written the sextruplets in two gruops of three.  it would then be easy to coordinate the two hands.  It would even be easier if we only had to think three against four, not the syncopated three against four.

Now in measure 30 this is my theory; the RH continues in the same way, that we hear syncopateted triplets.  But the LH is playing sextuplets, in 2 groups of 3 each.  So the udnerlying rhythm is 3 (RH) on 2 (LH). But the RH should sound syncopated, and the LH not.  It's fantastically hard.

I could be wrong about this, but I don't think so.  I don't think the Rh in this passage ever goes to 2 groups of 3 in the sextuplet, but I think the LH does.

Definitely to get an idea of what this should sound like, practice hand separate.  Or you could practice with the LH playing only its triplet eights, omitting the duplets, and the RH only playing the syncopated octaves.  Tghere are a lot of ways to practice it and you should do all of them, because there are so many notes and it is hard to learn.

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Offline thalberg

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Re: sorry - Rachmaninoff, op.23, no.2
Reply #3 on: August 13, 2005, 09:47:32 PM
And don't get discouraged--I played that middle section probably a million times before I got it--even friends of mine with tons of talent would take forever to learn that part.  Just keep at it.  You'll get it.
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