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This is about Variation #13 of Mendelssohn's Variations sérieuses, Op. 54. I have the Wiener Urtext edition. The right hand is marked staccato (dots under/over notes) from the beginning, m. 214 up to halfway m 222, where suddenly there are no more staccato markings. I listened to a recording of Murray Perahia, and it seems as though he continues to play the 32nd notes in the right hand as staccato. A friend pointed out that in sets of variations, each variation usually does not change character, which would also suggest that the staccato should continue even if not marked. So how should I interpret this cessation of staccato markings? Did Mendelssohn simply get tired of notating it? Does it really not imply any sort of change in touch?

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Yes for me it is clear that the same style applies to the entire piece. Now at the beginning of the variation it is written sempre assai leggiero which implies a light touch throughout.


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