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Solutions concerning technique and interpretation

1. Liszt - Sonata in B minor

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1. Measures 8/9 - jump

Scores above and below - caption:
or = shoulders should slightly “jump” (anticipation);
● From prof. Woytowicz’s method: look at the black keys marked in the score;
● You should feel the elbow jump a bit higher than that of the fingers (score below);
● While jumping “push the piano forwards” (cf. Chapter 2 point 2.1.1).

2. Measures 8-9: rhythm
Many pianists play measure 8 as if they were not aware that Liszt could very well distinguish between

And, what’s more, could write them!
There are two groups of octaves in this measure - a and b.
Both of them with identical rhythm: (score above).
The first group (a), played LH > RH, is so easy that anybody can play it extremely fast:
The second one (b) is so difficult that nobody is able to play it with the same speed - it is physically impossible.
There are three rules to respect while playing this measure:
I. General rule: two sixteenths MUST have the same duration .
II. Mathematically calculated sixteenths - / 4 - do not sound good in dotted rhythm. Their length should be a little shortened: / 4 > >
But the shortened should be longer than , otherwise you will change its value.
III. Due to the difficulty of the group b, you have to adjust the tempo of the group a in order to exactly equalize the rhythm.
In order to equalize the rhythm some pianists play the group a with left hand only which results in an excellent regularity of the rhythm (watch three last videos below). If it is too difficult, you do not have to play it this way - it is sufficient to pay attention not to tighten the group a.

3. Alternative fingering and other solutions

There is no rallentando in measure 31. Nevertheless, it can be slightly marked,
but not exaggerated.

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