Throughout this piece, Debussy writes that certain notes are to be extended from measure to measure, e.g.,
but there's a problem here. Note that I'm a beginner on piano.
My hands aren't insanely huge, so there are really one one of two things that I think I could do.
1) Focus on holding the dotted half notes and pedal to the end of the fourth bar of the system.
i.e., use the pedal as follows:
As you can see above, what holding the pedal here does is give this sound that all of the notes, as they are played, are held until the pedal is released.
2) Grace note the lowest note, and use the sostenuto (middle) pedal on the lowest note while holding the pedal. Release the pedal on the fourth bar of the system but hold the sostenuto pedal.
How do experienced pianists handle the pedaling in this case?