Originally posted by scherzo
I'm having a bit of trouble with the third movement, stylistically. Any playing tips?
Hi scherzo, I'm not sure if this is what you meant, but I'll give it a go.
It's also been quite a couple of years I that I played it, but after having just played it through, I think, although probably obvious, it would help the performance if you give attention to the structure of the piece as it seems to be a quite normal 'sonata'-structure with a (repeated) exposition with 2 themes, development section, recapitulation with a kind of extended coda that looks a bit like a concerto-cadenza.
I'm not too sure what the 2nd theme would be, actually. Haven't looked at it thoroughly and I'm no theory expert, but I'm inclined to think the 2nd theme starts in bar 43, whereas the g# minor part from bar 21 onwards seems more of a 'fake theme'.
You might also look at it another way, because obviously in the development section it's mainly material from this theme that's being used, although in bar 92-93 the rhythm is pretty much from the bar 43 theme.
I think I would musically accentuate the key moments of the sonata structure, beside the obvious for instance bar 87 where the dominant g# in the base is reached, eventually leading to the recapitulation in bar 102. Or bar 158, which would in a concerto probably be the place where the orchestra, after the recapitulation, plays the introduction to the cadenza (bar 167) which ends in bar 190.
In the lyrical passages, because of the very fast tempo, it may be important to have a very clear and bright sound, and maybe just light pedals as to avoid very woolly sound which might indeed work for a Schumann or Brahms sonata.
Very open for discussion of course, but these are just my first impressions as I'm no expert on this piece. Hope you can get something out of it! Enjoy playing it, anyway. Love the second movement.