I'm just starting to learn to play the piano and read music and have no intention of trying to learn this piece at least for a long time, but out of curiosity I had to take a look.
Here's a snippet of the very first part of the first part of "Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus" by Olivier Messiaen, from a transcription on musescore.com:
I'm looking at the first five-note chord for the left hand on the lowest of the three staves, circled in red. Can somebody
Confirm if I'm reading the notes right? I think this piece is in F#, and I read it as (starting on the lowest note, and ignoring the grace note preceeding the chord): A# B# E A A#
Explain how on earth anybody can play that with one hand?
Watching both Ashley Hribar and Steven Osborne play these first chords in performances on youtube I can't see any obvious sign of either crazy contortions or rolling of the hand to play the notes non-simultaneously!
Is this transcription wrong? Am I reading it wrong? Are these pianists space aliens with extra fingers?
I suspect the transcription because it's so crazy, and I'm not sure it sounds right either (hard to tell because I can only hit all the notes one chord at a time!).