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Author Topic: Presentation + question on Rachmaninoff prel. op 3 n°2  (Read 1536 times)
max_malinou
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« on: November 17, 2005, 10:28:27 AM »

Hi folks,

Since it is my first post, let me introduce myself. I am 24 and live in Paris. I studied the piano as a child (something like from 7 to 14) then dropped. I started again a few years ago but did not have time to play. I finally bought a piano a few weeks ago and now practice a lot. I must confess I do not have a good level, but I still enjoy playing some little pieces, and I now master the andante from Beethoven’s pastorale sonata.

I have a question.
I started working on Rachmaninoff prelude opus 3 n°2 last week. I think I won’t be able to play the presto part but I like the lento so much I still started. So why are the chords of the lento writed so weird ?
For instance, take the first one, on the score it says E G# E for the left hand and C# G# C# for the right one, which force you to overlap hands. I play it E G# C# for both hands and find it much more simple.

So I guess maybe there something I don’t understand on this prelude that makes that in fact one should play like it is written, maybe someone can explain that.

Thanks a lot for the dozens of  instructive threads on this forum. Wink

Maxime
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2005, 12:22:19 PM »

i put my money on this

if you look at the ending section after the presto... and looking at the chords, they mostly are the same chords for the first section, but with a few notes added in. So its easier to remember ... maybe.
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