This is a lovely melodic waltz in F minor. The minor key lends it a romantic flavor and the pianist is encouraged to use a fluid and flexible tempo with a nice rubato ( ritenuto ) where indicated. If possible this waltz should not be played too slowly. A stepped up pace energizes it and emphasizes the unusual “missing” tied notes … the “strange” rhythm.
The middle development section offers a few challenges in cross-over fingering. Bar 24 is tricky and will require some extra practice. But since it closes the section, the pianist can take time to linger over the notes.
Like most of the waltzes in this series, the performer can choose his tempo, remembering to keep the slight stress on the first note of each measure … the “waltz” pulse.
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