Can someone make sense of this piece? It's written as if to purposefully discourage performers:
The piece is in 3/8 when it should've been in 4/8; every measure except maybe three* is a 4-tuplet and every note lines up to a 4/8 beat. Keep in mind this is over 30* pages.
The piece is in 3 staves and the staff of each measure appears randomly scrambled. Given "L" for the left hand and "R" for the right hand sometimes the staves are arranged (top to bottom): LLR, RLL, LRL, RRL, LRR, RLR, often front-to-back. And when hands change staves within the measure, the arrangement isn't always optimal.
There are repeat symbols between the measures (which by the way are much more visible than the actual measure bars)! Their great frequency makes absolute time-counting difficult (1-and-2-and-3-and-4-and, 1-and-2-and-3-and-4-and, ...) requiring instead relative time-counting based on the duration of the note (1-2-3, 1-2, 1, 1-2-3, ...), which I was taught to avoid. Instead, the repeated measures could have been expanded. Imagine counting a piece in which random but frequent measures have pickups of varying duration.
I have the universal edition. I've heavily annotated it, but it was time consuming.
I seem to have misplaced the pages after 30 (which ends on a double barline + repeat). There are actually 49 pages (performance duration: ~2 hours) and nearly all the 3/8 measures which can be in 4/8 are like this:
All the 3/8 measures which can't be in 4/8 look like this. There is only one staff and one voice, ie easy tuplet material:
While there are more than three, the list is short considering it's across 49 pages:
- page 16: 1
- page 17: 3
- page 18: 1
- page 20: 1
- page 21: 2
- page 22: 3
- page 23: 7
- page 24: 1
- page 25: 2
- page 30: 2
- page 31: 7
- page 32: 4