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In this Intermezzo, in the left hand broken chords (intervals), do you play the first note on the beat or the second note on the beat? Or, are they played so closely to one another that it's almost imperceptible?

When it comes to a broken chord in the left with a solid chord in the right, do you play the right hand chord with the first note in the left or with the second? I've listened on YouTube, evening slowing down the videos, but can't determine which seems to be the accepted way. Is it not tradition with Romantic-era music that broken and rolled chords end on the beat, not start on the beat?

What's your opinion?

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I have not played this piece but am learning opus 76 no 1 at the moment. I was taught to play the chords so they end on the beat. My teacher also told me to listen to this version by Pogorelich. I'm not sure if it applies to your piece but it is the same opus and composer so that would be what i do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sES-n3z0zRo

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Also Bruce I thought you played opus 117. no 2. it was your suggestion why brought the opus and i played opus 117 no 2. this i remembered has broken chords in also. so why the doubt with this piece?

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Originally Posted by Moo :)
Also Bruce I thought you played opus 117. no 2. it was your suggestion why brought the opus and i played opus 117 no 2. this i remembered has broken chords in also. so why the doubt with this piece?


There are only five broken (arpeggiated) chords in the Op. 117, No. 2(each repeated: measures 24 and 25, and measures 32 and 33) and only one in each iteration coincides with a left hand single note.

This is a totally different context and a different interpretive challenge. In the Op. 117, No. 2 the arpeggiated chords are in the right hand, ending on a melody note, so evidently the melody note is on the beat.

In the Op. 76, No. 3, melody notes in the right hand should end on the beat whether or not the right hand is a broken or solid chord, but what does one do about the broken intervals in the left? Does the first left-hand note start on the beat with the right hand, or does the second note of the left hand end on the beat with the right hand melody note?

Surely the context of the two Intermezzi is totally different. At least, it is to me; hence my query.

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If you have a listen to the link I have given for opus 76 no 1 above by pogorelich there are lot of left hand broken chords on the first beats. It is quite a slow version of this so probably it may help you They are big chords with 4 notes in whereas you link only has 2 so it may not matter so much if there are only 2 notes as i'm not sure you can hear much difference. I was however taught to play these rolling chords before the beat.

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Maybe ask your teacher. I'm not too sure about your piece as I've never played it before

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I'd start on the beat. In the RH I'd end on the beat. This way the bass and melody notes both occur on the beat. In my head, and when playing, it makes a difference, but I'm not sure I could tell the difference if I heard you playing it, especially in this piece.


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I think that in general, there's no in general. grin
It varies, and it's a matter of taste

Many would say it's not a matter of taste, there's a right way, and in many cases probably there are, but IMO not here.

About the first chord: Without a doubt I'd make the second note (i.e. upper) be on the beat.

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When it comes to a broken chord in the left with a solid chord in the right, do you play the right hand chord with the first note in the left or with the second?

Again a matter of taste, but again I have no doubt what I'd do:
I'd play the right hand chord with whichever left hand note I give the greater emphasis, which usually means whichever left hand note I play on the beat (or on a stronger part of the beat, if neither note is on the beat).

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See this thread for even more detailed info:

Rolling Arpeggiated Chords

In this Brahms intermezzo I play the arpeggiated (rolled) notes so they end on the beat. (I think this is generally applicable to all late Romantic piano music.) Playing the 2-note rolled chord on the beat would give the music a choppy sound, IMO.

Chopin, being early Romantic, is a little different (sometimes on the beat, sometimes not), but in all my editions (Henle, Cortot, Polish National, Schirmer, etc.) the editor almost always indicates whether the arpeggiated chord should begin or end on the beat. Same with Mozart.


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Originally Posted by AaronSF
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In this Brahms intermezzo I play the arpeggiated (rolled) notes so they end on the beat. (I think this is generally applicable to all late Romantic piano music.) Playing the 2-note rolled chord on the beat would give the music a choppy sound, IMO.

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After some experimentation, that's what I have been doing: ending the broken chord on the beat. I don't think my teacher will say otherwise.

Thanks for the responses.

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I have a different question about this piece. When one listens to performances it sounds like the RH chords are on the beat, but Brahms writes those chords on the "and" part of each beat. Why does he write it that way?

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Had no idea this piece existed till I saw this post.

Read through it today. Devastatingly delightful! So lovely. Due to the syncopation I felt playing the LH low note on the beat made it easier to follow. This intermezzo is hyper musical so just about any take is enjoyable.

I'll ask my teacher about learning this one.


With new students Chopin was chiefly anxious to do away with any stiffness in, or cramped, or convulsive movement of the hand, thereby obtaining the first requisite of fine technique "souplesse" (suppleness). -- Carl Mikuli on Chopin the teacher.
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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
I have a different question about this piece. When one listens to performances it sounds like the RH chords are on the beat, but Brahms writes those chords on the "and" part of each beat. Why does he write it that way?


I think putting the melody on the off-beat is intended to keep the melody light and airy. Try playing it on the beat and see what happens...it becomes heavier, denser. The arpeggiated chords are both on and off the beat, so I'm not sure what you're referring to regarding them.


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[quote=BruceD]

In this Intermezzo, in the left hand broken chords (intervals), do you play the first note on the beat or the second note on the beat? Or, are they played so closely to one another that it's almost imperceptible?

When it comes to a broken chord in the left with a solid chord in the right, do you play the right hand chord with the first note in the left or with the second? I've listened on YouTube, evening slowing down the videos, but can't determine which seems to be the accepted way. Is it not tradition with Romantic-era music that broken and rolled chords end on the beat, not start on the beat?

What's your opinion?

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I would play the first note of the left hand on the beat. That left hand is essentially based on a double pedal point on the tonic and dominant, sometimes together and sometimes only one of the 2. In bar 2 it is a tonic pedal point. So I would want to have that foundation right on the beat. That said practically at speed it is not even noticeable as both are played in very fast succession.

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Originally Posted by AaronSF
Originally Posted by pianoloverus
I have a different question about this piece. When one listens to performances it sounds like the RH chords are on the beat, but Brahms writes those chords on the "and" part of each beat. Why does he write it that way?


I think putting the melody on the off-beat is intended to keep the melody light and airy. Try playing it on the beat and see what happens...it becomes heavier, denser. The arpeggiated chords are both on and off the beat, so I'm not sure what you're referring to regarding them.
I don't think playing the RH on the beat makes the melody sound any different. When I say playing on the beat I mean imagining that Brahms made the first LH eighth note in the piece an upbeat and then started the next eighth on the first beat of the next measure. In pro recordings I think it sounds the way I just described it.

My question refers to parts like the first few measures.

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Originally Posted by Sidokar

I would play the first note of the left hand on the beat. That left hand is essentially based on a double pedal point on the tonic and dominant, sometimes together and sometimes only one of the 2. In bar 2 it is a tonic pedal point. So I would want to have that foundation right on the beat. That said practically at speed it is not even noticeable as both are played in very fast succession.


Indeed. You have to take the harmony into account. Likewise for pedal changes.

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I have a different question about this piece. When one listens to performances it sounds like the RH chords are on the beat, but Brahms writes those chords on the "and" part of each beat. Why does he write it that way?


I think putting the melody on the off-beat is intended to keep the melody light and airy. Try playing it on the beat and see what happens...it becomes heavier, denser. The arpeggiated chords are both on and off the beat, so I'm not sure what you're referring to regarding them.
I don't think playing the RH on the beat makes the melody sound any different. When I say playing on the beat I mean imagining that Brahms made the first LH eighth note in the piece an upbeat and then started the next eighth on the first beat of the next measure. In pro recordings I think it sounds the way I just described it.

My question refers to parts like the first few measures.


Yes, I get what you're saying, but I just don't hear the piece that way at all, and I think if a pianist makes the melody sound like it is on the beat when it isn't, then they are doing something very wrong. The ear expects the melody to be on the beat, so Brahms is playing with that expectation and surprising us by moving the melody to the off beat. So the melody is played off beat...meaning with none of the expected on-beat accents (agogic or otherwise), causing the melody to float above the expected rhythmic pattern. I'm listening to Julius Katchen play it right now and the melody is distinctly on the off-beat, creating a tension between the melody and accompaniment that would disappear if the melody were on beat. Brahms loved playing with rhythm and going against rhythmic expectations; this piece is just one example.


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Originally Posted by AaronSF
Yes, I get what you're saying, but I just don't hear the piece that way at all, and I think if a pianist makes the melody sound like it is on the beat when it isn't, then they are doing something very wrong. The ear expects the melody to be on the beat, so Brahms is playing with that expectation and surprising us by moving the melody to the off beat. So the melody is played off beat...meaning with none of the expected on-beat accents (agogic or otherwise), causing the melody to float above the expected rhythmic pattern. I'm listening to Julius Katchen play it right now and the melody is distinctly on the off-beat, creating a tension between the melody and accompaniment that would disappear if the melody were on beat. Brahms loved playing with rhythm and going against rhythmic expectations; this piece is just one example.
That's interesting because it was my listening to that same recording that made by conclude that the piece actually sounds like the RH chords are on the beat.


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