Piano II continues to dart about with a flurry of varied shapes all over the pitch field, throwing in a sudden tremolando
chord (measure 13).
90); Lucia ricambia le tenerezze di Gertrude "come la pecora, tremolando
senza timore sotto la mano del pastore che la palpa e la strascina mollemente, si volta a leccar quella mano; e non sa che, fuori della stalla, l'aspetta il macellaio a cui il pastore l'ha venduta un momento prima" (cap.
The piano arrangement, complete with tremolando
effects, looks and sounds like an operatic reduction.
The beast is capable of both obscurity and clarity of sound: the tremolando
effect in the opening bars is as woolly as it would be on the Festival Hall's Steinway, and then, two pages later, a middle-register melody with simple accompaniment stands out like a beacon.
Although the score is playable on the piano, it is not always pianistic in texture; for instance, some sustained notes or tremolando
chords in the bass are not piano-friendly.
The first movement, where the melody moves grandly over a sustained violin tremolando
, should be taut and mysterious - here it sounds slack and enervated.
In particular, I would mention his short but valuable discussion of tremolando
octaves in Beethoven's Sonata No.
The fourth staff was assigned, not surprisingly, to cellos and basses but doubled an octave higher tremolando
by the violas, not indicated here.