Clavier Companion - May/June 2015 - 37
In this excerpt from a Bartók Mikrokosmos it can be seen
how interaction results in the more musical involvement
of both hands (see Excerpt 3).
Excerpt 4: Sonata in E Minor, Hob. XVI:34, L. 53, Mvt. 3, mm. 1-5,
by Joseph Haydn.
Excerpt 3: "Pastorale" from Mikrokosmos, Volume 1, No. 24, Sz. 107,
by Bela Bartók, mm. 1-7.1
The Haydn Sonata in E Minor has an Alberti bass and a
more melodic right hand (see Excerpt 4). Instead of treating the left hand as purely rhythmic support, I believe that
regular alternation between the hands not only makes
the left hand an equal partner, but also further revitalizes
the music by melodically shaping the notes of the Alberti
bass. Excerpt 5 similarly shows suggested accents that
are placed other than on the main beat.
Excerpt 5: Sonata in E Minor, Hob. XVI:34, L. 53, Mvt. 3, mm. 1-5,
by Joseph Haydn, with accent marks.