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The bottom line is what I'm talking about. They're interleaved and I'm playing it on one piano (though it's written for two). I've been doing 2/3 in each hand, with the left hand over the right, near the top of the keys. I feel like a T-rex playing it. Any other ideas?

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I don't see the problem? There's only one staff for one piano, so it should be playable. –  Raskolnikov Jun 20 '12 at 12:03
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@Raskolnikov I don't see how "one staff for one piano" is a good justification for whether it's playable. You could (potentially) cram a bunch of stuff onto one staff (see Fairies Aire and Death Waltz =P). Also, ash mentions in the question that it's written for two pianos. –  jadarnel27 Jun 20 '12 at 12:41
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+1 for "I feel like a T-rex playing it" –  Widor Jun 20 '12 at 13:58
    
@Jadarnel: but I only see the part for one of the pianos. So, I still don't see the problem. If he also wants to play what the other piano does, maybe he should put the score for the second piano too. –  Raskolnikov Jun 20 '12 at 15:37
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Actually, I just checked on the Goldberg variations. There are no two pianos. There's just one clavichord, but the clavichord for the 23rd variation has two manuals (i.e. keyboards). Still, the particular passage ash is referring to should be doable on an ordinary piano. –  Raskolnikov Jun 20 '12 at 15:39

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I think you have effectively answered your own question.

I think if it is playable, it doesn't matter if you look like a T-Rex, as your alternative is to shift one part up or down an octave - which will change the flavour. Could be worth a try though - might sound interesting.

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Gasp! Moving octaves! You blaspheme! –  ash Jun 21 '12 at 0:13
    
Have to downvote, sorry--the Goldberg variations were written for a solo clavichord with two manuals. If OP's post was a two-piano arrangement, there would be two grand staffs. –  NReilingh Jun 21 '12 at 0:25
    
Ooo - good point @NReilingh. I just took the OP's post at face value and didn't really think about the staffs. –  Dr Mayhem Jun 21 '12 at 7:54

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