In the picture below, there is a significant stretch where the melody in the upper staff is at a lower pitch than the accompaniment in the lower staff.

Does Liszt intend for me to cross my right-hand over my left? Or am I meant to begin playing the upper staff with my left hand and the lower staff with my right?

If he means for me to cross over, is there a generally accepted preference between crossing my right hand over my left vs. under my left or vice-versa?

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As I understand it, this would be played by crossing your right hand over your left and playing the lower notes with your right hand.

In general, I think the hand that moves will be on top of the 'anchor' hand (the one that remains in position).

  • Ahh, this is how my hands naturally wanted to play it, so that's good. Thanks for the input!! Mar 7, 2012 at 18:55
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    Alternatively, he could have anticipated an evolution in humanity by now whereby you would have a third hand with which to play this section. Food for though.
    – awilson53
    Jul 12, 2012 at 20:52

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