QUOTE(mr_flibble @ Feb 14 2012, 11:01 AM)
I'm having great difficulty in getting this piece up to speed - does anybody have any ideas?
The notes themselves aren't necessarily that bad... my right hand seems to suffer from some sort of delayed reaction though when speeded up. I cannot get the four semiquavers to sound even. There is a small gap where it feels like my right hand is waiting to hear the result of playing the left hand semiquaver successfully before it feels permitted to play its own notes.
Advice? DO not TRY to speed up. Concentrate instead on understanding the music better. Learn each voice independently. Find out how are the various themes and motifs related? Make a formal analysis of subject, counter-subject, and so on. Which voice is most important at any given moment? Exactly how should each phrase be articulated for best effect. What feeling or feelings does it evoke? Can you attach a story or words to the notes? What harmonies are created by the separate voices? What transpositions does it go through? How are discordant notes used to good effect. Where and how is tension created and released.
And just live with the piece for a few months, playing it several times daily with accuracy and musicality, at a speed that is not a struggle.
When you have done all that, the speed should come naturally, without effort.