MindenBlues wrote:pianolady wrote:Are you using the pedal very much on the 28/3?
That is almost THE question for that prelude to me too. I do like to prolong the very first deep bass note of the LH runs at the beginning of every bar, since it is the fundamental tone of the harmony, that's why I try to let it stand out a bit. Without pedal it gets lost, unfortunately. So I take pedal, mainly to prolong that. The question is how long and how deep. One does not like to get the thing blurred on the other way. A possibility would be half-pedaling in order to prolong that strong bass notes a bit even if the other softer higher notes of the runs are damped. But not easy to get the right level of pedaling. So I rather let the pedal complete down for a half bar or so instead.
Do you take the pedal?
Yes. I have also been experimenting with it. Half-pedalling is so hard to do when the piece is supposed to go fast. I can't concentrate on keeping my fingers moving fast, staying relaxed, and remembering how much to push down on the pedal all at the same time. So basically, I'm leaving it down for practically the whole measure, maybe a little less. It's a little blurred, but when I hear the pros play this, I hear a lot of reverb, and I'm not sure if they are pedalling or not. Maybe we could use the middle pedal for the 1st low note so it could carry through. But since the tempo is fast, I'm not sure I could do that, either. Are you planning on recording this?