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Topic: Rach 23/4 hands division  (Read 308 times)

Offline rachorascho

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Rach 23/4 hands division
on: March 24, 2023, 06:37:22 PM
I know this topic has been already discussed, but maybe you could have some new comments on it. :)
I am currently learning Prelude 23/4 and I wonder, what should I do about the hands division in the first page. Instinctively (after playing a lot of Bach and other stuff), I would not really care about the original notation, which gives a lot of work to the LH and only the melody to the RH. I would split it more and help the LH to be more relaxed. BUT... I was curious, how the Great Pianists solve this (to assure myself it's okay to do that) and they actually go after the notation how it is written. Sokolov, Giltburg, Lugansky,...

I feel like for me it's easier to add some notes to the RH and balance the sound (so it won't disturb the melody) than to let the LH jump after the keys so much. But how is it possible that no one is doing that? Do you think it really destroys the phrasing? Or what?

Thanks in advance
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Offline themeandvariation

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Re: Rach 23/4 hands division
Reply #1 on: March 24, 2023, 07:12:47 PM
No, I think you should allow the LH to float over the RH. IOW - as written - for a number of reasons. Not even including having to parse 1/2 polyrhythms of one hand to the other (as in bars 5 and 9). The tempo isn't so quick, so the LH should manage w/o much trouble. Plus, it's good to get used to crossing hands.
It also keeps the proper phrasing in an easy to handle context.

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