Big Hands

Rachmaninov’s Prelude in C# Minor is a tricky piece to play, not just for the necessary speed and precision for the allegro section, but also for the chord stretches. At the peak of my piano-playing ability (when I was 17, sigh) I could manage a passable stab at it. As Igudesman and Joo demonstrate, there are other ways of achieving those stretches…
 
   
 
The Wikipedia entry doesn’t mention it, but I’d always understood the piece to represent a burial where the unfortunate occupant of the coffin is not in fact dead, and the allegro is the frantic scrabbling of the interred trying to escape before succumbing to the inevitable…
 
(hat tip to Raymond Chen for the link)

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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