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Legato in opening of Brahms 116/7 (Read 296 times)

Offline rosejaune177

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Legato in opening of Brahms 116/7
« on: June 27, 2021, 01:30:42 PM »
Hi, I'm about to learn the final Capriccio from Brahms' op. 116, but I'm struggling to see how to achieve legato in the opening bars. Maybe it's my small hand span. I just can't hold from the first crotchet to the second using the fingering that appears in most editions (as above) - it feels too stretchy. I can go to a 5-2-1 on the chord if I cover with pedal. Then I have the same problem in the LH, but most editions don't put pedal there... Would it be okay to just pedal every crotchet, and use whichever fingering I find least difficult, even at the expense of finger legato? Can anyone advise me please?  ???

Offline lelle

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Re: Legato in opening of Brahms 116/7
«Reply #1 on: June 27, 2021, 01:53:33 PM »
Is it playing a sixth with 5-2 that is stretchy?

Honestly, you can just slide your thumb from the last sixteenth note to the bottom/top note of the chord and practice until it sounds legato. You can create the illusion with a minimum of pedal. Is it possible for you to play the chord with 1-2-4 in the right hand?