305 • Right choice

Fingerings often subdivide in different places in parallel passages ~ e.g. scales with both hands over 4 octaves, the howling wind over the graves in the last movement of Chopin’s Bb-minor sonata, the playful wind over the steppe in the last movement of Tchaikovsky’s concerto in the same key, and such. It is the performer's right to choose which hand to give leadership to.

If it is challenging to play difficult parallel passages together fast, one should not only lead with the left hand, but group (subdivide) by the left hand. The right choice then is to master and obey the left.

See: 263 • A reader’s digest version of Josef Lhevine’s technical advice

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