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Hi,

Trying to learn a new piece and running into the following measure. What would be the correct approach to attack these notes with overlapping duration? Do you play the C in the left hand, use the pedal and release when the right hand plays the same note or do you place the C in the left hand, hold it then release it when the right hand comes in? I've played music before where the overlapping notes come in at the same time, but this is the first time I encounter them a 16th rest apart.

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The music may have been written for an instrument with 2 manuals, e.g. harpsichord. What you could do is sustain the second C for 3/16 time. But if the tempo is quite fast, sustaining or not will make little difference I think.


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I would play both C's in time with left hand, holding the second one for the remainder of the beat so that it is held until the rest in the lower voice occurs on the 2nd beat.

Using a light pedaling to sustain the lower voice C for its full beat would be the pianistic interpretation, and how I likely would play it, but using no pedal and having a gap would not be incorrect. Repeated notes on organ are sometimes shortened interpretively even when in the same voice due to resonance and reverb effects.

Try it with and without pedaling and decide which you like better.

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So the above is clear, the light pedal would not be held to the rest but just until the 2nd C was played if it were to be used. Holding it for the full beat so that the arpeggiated C major chord in the upper voice was sustained would result in a loss of clarity of voice and would draw attention to the contrast relative to the majority of time when the pedal was not used. This also would be the potential motivation for using no pedal if you felt that even light pedaling was detracting from overall clarity.

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It is from a piano sonata, the temp is allegro so definitely not slow.

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Identifying the piece and composer would help.


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