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Piano Instruction: Part TWO, Beethoven’s “Tempest” Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2, Hand Cross-over, with tremolo in the middle voice

A tricky chromatic scale with a turn-around at its end ushers in a stormy, impassioned section with cross-over hands. Some players observe the notation to a tee, and avoid these hand-over-hand maneuvers, but I, like many other pianists do the re-arranging in the interests of smoothly trailing a melodic line that starts in the bass and shifts into the treble. (This involves Left Hand over Right, where for me, at least, it’s easier to keep a consistent tremolo in the middle voice PLAYED BY THE RIGHT HAND)

Sorry for the confusion in visualizing this. It’s best to watch the video that goes into detail and fleshes out the choreography.

Measures 19 to 41:


Part ONE Beethoven “Tempest” Sonata instruction:

5 thoughts on “Piano Instruction: Part TWO, Beethoven’s “Tempest” Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2, Hand Cross-over, with tremolo in the middle voice”

  1. The other challenge of this is that middle voice tremolo needs to be just a murmur. When I was working on this last year, I had no idea how to get that along with the clarity, and just sort of faked it. Considering what I didn’t know then I’m amazed I was able to perform it — but live and learn, I guess!

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