So, my question is: why was it written with the more difficult method of the left hand crossing over the right when this makes no difference in how it sounds? For show, or is there some technical or musical reason behind it?
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I used to think that dancing was all about your feet & legs.... but after watching "Strictly" -- they even mention where your thumb should be pointing! / facial expression etc.
During my teaching, I also incorporate some kind of suspension of the hands during sustained chords/ endings.... so the hands don't just "wander off" .... by holding the hands in mid-air just above the keys creates tension, and a good rounded performance.... I imagine Liberace would have every LH finger decorated with rings just for that rondo! .... so yeh, to a point - if under examination for example.... do what it says on the tin. There is no mentioning of this LH melody in any of the Tovey notes. I think also due to the tonic/ dominant transitions.... the sharing of the opening arpeggios are easier to control during the leaps.... just my opinion.