So I figured that The Four Seasons might be easier to transcribe than The Nutcracker Suite (fewer lines, only real difficulty reading it is I have to translate between alto clef and treble clef because I never learned the alto clef without it being relative to treble clef). I am arranging it for piano and flute. Yes, I know there are piano transcriptions and flute transcriptions of the piece but I can't find any that have both piano and flute. All the piano + other instrument ones I see have string instruments. I have the flute playing the top line. I have the left hand playing the bottom line in octaves. This leaves me with 2 lines for the right hand because the first violins are doubling the solo violin. The second violin line and the viola line. But I am running into difficulties here, namely a 10th interval. I want to make sure it is playable even for pianists with small hands for which reaching a 9th is uncomfortable but possible but reaching a 10th is not possible.
So now what do I do? Do I take the lower note and bring it up an octave? Do I take the higher note and bring it down an octave? Do I find another interval within the chord in between the 2 notes and transcribe that?
Fortunately, it looks like the 10th only occurs twice in the phrase I am currently transcribing(the very first phrase in Spring). Here is the sheet music I am transcribing:
So what do I do about that 10th interval since I can't play a 10th interval without arpeggiation and this 10th interval is harmonic, not melodic?