Intermezzo in A Major (Op. 118 No. 2)


Annotated Study Edition (4)

Bars 26 - 35

Here is a possible redistribution for bar 28 that avoids the LH stretch: To all intents and purposes this is a bar of 6/8. Feel as “I-and-a, 2-and-a” rather than “1-and, 2-and, 3-and”, sensing how this cross rhythm puts a brake on the forward movement generated as the phrase has climbed to its apex. The A-G#-F# farewell motive is buried in the alto line, and is also reflected in the tenor. See footnote 3. Notice how the alto line from the opening bars is now...

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