I am learning Piano Sonata no. 1 in F minor by Beethoven. It looks way easier than the Pathetique Sonata and in a sense it is. But the ending of the exposition for my right hand is quite a stretch. Not only that but it is legato as well, or at least as legato as possible with chords.
Here is the section I am talking about:
The right hand is easy until I reach those final 2 chords. The cluster in the left hand is very easy to play legato. But the right hand, as I have said several times already is not easy at all at that spot. In general, this is the fingering I use for that spot:
5 2 1
So yes, I have my first and second fingers a fourth apart. I then play the Eb, a 9th away from the lowest note in the right hand with my 5th finger like I would for any 9th interval. This is what happens if I do it legato without the pedal as Beethoven is asking me to do here:
First finger moves down by step making a very uncomfortable 10th interval stretch in my hand
Second finger leaps by third like an arpeggio making the 10th interval stretch even more uncomfortable
Fifth finger leaps down by fifth resolving the discomfort by going from a 10th interval stretch which I can't play with both notes ringing to a 6th interval which is very doable
And of course, this all happens simultaneously. But there is a moment when my hand is stretched to the interval of a 10th as I play the last 2 chords of the exposition. That is very uncomfortable for my hand and is also unplayable without arpeggiation. A 9th interval, like the interval between my first and fifth fingers that I start with in that chordal legato is actually playable but still uncomfortable making the largest comfortable interval an octave. Of course, it is situations like this that increase my flexibility but I doubt I will ever be able to play a 10th interval unless I am one of those that gets a growth spurt in my 20s.
Besides getting rid of the ninth interval and just having a fourth go to to an Ab major chord, how can I make this wide stretch legato more comfortable for my hand?