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

Annotated Study Edition (7)

Bars 55 - 64

The music moves to F# major for the central core of the piece. We are instructed to play more slowly (più lento) and pianissimo, with the una corda pedal suggesting a muted colour scheme. This chorale-like section evoke a church scene, and if we look closely we will notice that canonic imitation continues here, albeit less obviously. To make this clear, we might shape the lines by gently stressing the F#s in each voice as the high points of the phrases alternate between the hands. Imagine a wedding were taking place, the partners exchanging their...

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