Mark Taylor Posted December 14, 2008 Share Posted December 14, 2008 Please bear with me… this is probably a pretty basic question for most of the people here, but I would be grateful for some advice. I’ve been looking at “La Nativite” by Langlais and (following advice from earlier postings) I started working on it from the end – and I have immediately got stuck! I have started at the section “La Sainte Famille”. The third bar of this section starts with a chord of low D flat, A flat, F, B flat and F. As notated, the bottom two notes are played with the left hand and the top three with the right hand. This is fine, but by the end of the bar we have low D flat, A flat, F, C, and A flat. So, to hold that tied F in the middle there is a stretch of a tenth - whichever way you do it, either in the left hand or the right hand (and it’s a stretch too far for me). It seems to me that options are: i) not to play the F in the middle of this chord at all; ii) to release the F, either on the third beat or the fourth beat of the bar; or iii) to play the F an octave lower, in the left hand. My first question is - what to do in this specific example? Secondly, what general principles should be applied in this sort of situation? As a rider, presumably Langlais had large hands? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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