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Belated London Premiere for Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel on International Women’s Day

As part of its special day of programming for International Women’s Day, BBC Radio 3 broadcasted a live performance of the Easter Sonata, a major piano work which until recently had been attributed to Felix Mendelssohn, but is now proved to be the work of his sister Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel. Read more >>

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celticqt
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« on: May 25, 2005, 03:31:23 PM »

My teacher assigned me Clair de lune last night (I feel like a cliche - it is such a common piece, and I've played it before, but not with this teacher).  I have the Dover edition, and there are no fingerings for the arpeggio in m. 29. 

I am just doing what's comfortable for me right now (5-3-2-1-4-2, 1-2-1-2-3-5, 1-2-3-5-2-4), but I'd like to make sure I'm doing it right before I really cement it in my head.  Does anyone use a different fingering?

Also, re: mm.42: My hands are pretty small (I can stretch to a ninth),  and there's no way I can sustain that low F# under the arpeggio.  Should I just pedal it?

Thanks guys. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2005, 06:06:36 PM »

Absolutely you should pedal it... give it some color! 
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2005, 06:28:12 AM »

Debussy didn't write fingerings in his piano works.  He left it up to the performer to figure out.  Do what feels most efficient to you when played at speed and HT. 

An alternative to your fingering could be:

5-3-2-1-4-2, 1-2-1-2-3-5, 3-1-2-4-2-4

or

5-3-2-1-4-2, 1-2-1-2-4-5, 3-1-2-4-2-4.

Best wishes!

Josh
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