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When Johannes Brahms was celebrated in Malmö, Sweden, legendary pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja played both piano concertos at the very same concert. Piano Street talked to Ms. Leonskaja after one of the rehearsals. Read more >>

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Author Topic: Chopin - Right hand leads... ?  (Read 1545 times)
drooxy
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« on: October 18, 2004, 04:23:33 PM »

Hi everyone !

I am still polishing the Nocturne Opus 9 N°2 (yes, I just love it !) and to do so, I listen to different interpretations of it. I listen more specifically (or more often) to the Rubinstein's version which, I believe, can be taken as a fairly good example !  Wink

Now, I have quite recently realized (better late than never  Grin !) that the left hand has not to be regular, especially during the rubato... I would tend to think that the right hand actually leads the music. One should let it sing freely, and the left hand will follow.

Is that a good perception ?

Thank you !
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2004, 01:22:19 AM »

The left hand should be strictly in time. Chopin ordered it himself, saying "The left hand is the clock. It's rhythm should be strict and unbroken."

Use rubato on the left hand, but do not change the pulse of the left hand.
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