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I’m working on this piece now and was looking for fingering suggestions (or practice suggestions) for Bars 29 - 31 of the RH. I'm having trouble switching from the single notes to the octaves. The schirmer edition suggests using fingers 2-3 on the single notes followed by the octaves. Any thoughts are appreciated.

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I don't see any better option for fingerings.
Perhaps you can practice with different rhythms(for example; dotted quarter notes vs 8th notes and the other way around), it must help.

Good luck

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Thank you antune, that’s a good suggestion!

On a side note, I usually rely on Henle for their difficultly rating system and this piece is rated an 8. I couldn’t figure out why as it’s easier than the Gershwin Prelude no. 3 I just finished which is rated as a 7. But I think it’s those three measures that warrant the level 8 rating from Henle.

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You are welcome! I am not familiar with the difficulty rating system. It sounds somewhat strange cause everyone has different abilities, but my personal opinion is that Brahms might be musically more challenging as Gershwin Prelude has relatively simple timing. Brahms has in a way more versatile tempi in this piece. Nevertheless, the passage you mentioned is challenging, which I cannot think of a similar challenge in the Gershwin prelude.

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Good point about the tempo changes and rubato which is one of the main things I love about the piece!

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Originally Posted by Works1
Thank you antune, that’s a good suggestion!
On a side note, I usually rely on Henle for their difficultly rating system and this piece is rated an 8. I couldn’t figure out why as it’s easier than the Gershwin Prelude no. 3 I just finished which is rated as a 7. But I think it’s those three measures that warrant the level 8 rating from Henle.
I think the Brahms is far more technically difficult than the Gershwin and not just because of those three measures.

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Thank you Pianoloverus. Can you elaborate a bit? I would love to hear your thoughts on the piece as I’ve respected your opinions and advice in the past.

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Originally Posted by Works1
Thank you Pianoloverus. Can you elaborate a bit? I would love to hear your thoughts on the piece as I’ve respected your opinions and advice in the past.

Many thanks!
If you don't find it more difficult than the Gershwin Prelude that's fine. The only thing I can think of is maybe you studied the Gershwin a long time ago when your technical skills were not as advanced.

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True. Although I only recently finished the Gershwin prelude, I had studied it in an earlier time. That said, I don’t think I will ever be able to play measures 29-30 at tempo. I guess I could leave out the upper octave notes as some of the amateur recordings I’ve heard on YouTube have done.


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