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Hi all

I just made an account for a deep discussion about this.
I started to learn Rachmaninoff's Moment Musicaux no. 4 and am currently stuck. I really want to be able to play this. I am able to successfully play pieces like winterwind and revolutionary etude without tension, or sometimes with only minimal tension near the end.
But this piece, even at the early pages give me tension.

This is because I cannot use wrist movement like rotation in this piece, it force my left hand, with all the closed note to note passage, to do all finger works only without able to use forearm or wrist rotation.

The basic pattern where it goes from EBG, I use single rotation to the right, then the rest finger works because the notes are cramped together. Then again the pattern keeps going like that for left hand, which slowly it produce tension to my forearm. My left pinky, when playing with finger works only, will bend inward, which produce tension in my forearm. This is unavoidable to me when playing with fingers only without wrist technique.

Is it finger works are the only way to go here?
I seemed to read somewhere they also mentioned that revolutionary etude is easier coz we can still use wrist technique there, but here in Rachmaninoff's moment musicaux 4 all finger works.

Any advise would be very appreciated.

Thank you.

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Check out WIPAC.org tomorrow or Thursday. Go to Competitions and select the semifinal round and then Yun Liang. You should be able to see her fingers as she renders a fabulous performance of this piece. It may not answer all your questions, but it may help you.


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It is one of those pieces that do require more finger work. A strong LH is a must. There are discussions about which one is most difficult, but certainly this one is of very high difficulty for the LH, even if musically it may be less demanding (IMO).

Here is Lugansly playing it. I think the LH work is quite visible.


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Well, I use rotation when I play it. In my mind, they're just very close together groupings of 3 for the most part except the last six notes leading to the bottom E depending on fingering. It just happens to also be a great tension trap if the execution is even slightly off. Deceptively difficult in a way, imo.

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I would say that the LH in this piece requires excellent fingers coordinated with rotation, wrist, arm etc. Playing pieces like this at speed means very small efficient movements that can be exaggerated at slower tempos but become less and less perceptible the faster you get. However, this is quite a difficult piece and it sounds like you need to work it through with your teacher and be patient!


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