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

Annotated Study Edition (6)

Bars 46 - 54

The opening theme returns in the alto. The rit. from bar 45 has led us to a new (slower) tempo, più lento. Ensure the top E is played here, and then tied over. The given finger substitution from 5 to 3, although a little effortful, works very well. You might consider crossing over with the LH to take the top A (bar 48). Synchronise the hands carefully with the pedal to capture the full A major chord with no blurring from the previous harmony. It is astonishing that Brahms has taken the whole of the...

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