[/quote] I really wanted to do the Allemande but I took one look at the score and decided against it lol! I have found that with the ABRSM, some of the graded pieces seem way more difficult than others! I'm doing the Mozart Presto from the F major Sonata for my List A, and that Allemande looks way more difficult. Same applies with the Liszt Romance I guess, it seems quite a fraction more difficult than the other List B pieces. Just keep going with it! Sometimes it's hard to make time especially if you've got a lot going on, it'll be worth it though! And even though you're not doing the Liszt Romance for your exam, keep it up because it's a marvelous piece! I suppose you're at an advantage with that because you've no longer got the pressure of the exam,you can just learn the Liszt piece at a leisurely pace. Best of Luck
Nice encouraging words ... mmm ... I might resume doing the Liszt ... (I agree with Ansatz496 that the hand stretch is not indispensable ... Alicia de la Rocha might never have played so beautifully with her 'tiny' hands if this were a decisive factor).
However, I have more trouble getting the Presto up to tempo with all the demands the piece poses (superb neatness, delicate touch, very musical phrasing, dexterity, etc) than getting the Allemande to sound nice and musical. This may be partly due to the fact that I like the Allemande lots better than the Presto or because I find slower pieces usually easier than others. Also, in my humble opinion, the Presto is one of those pieces which can sound very flat if not played in that special sort of way.
Though looking at the Allemande makes your head spin, once you start playing it bit by bit HS very slowly and then HT, you find it isn't as hard as it looks (which is exactly the opposite of what happens with Liszt's Romance, which might look uncomplicated at first sight - at least to the layman - and which gives so much trouble almost everywhere, as far as I can judge).
If you like the Haendel Allemande from the popint of view of melody and atmosphere, then give it a try, say, for a week, then you'll have more realistic elements to be able to decide.
Completely off subject. I often want to reply to bits of post and have difficulty getting them quoted (in a box with the blue background, I mean) in my reply. Just look at this message I've just posted and you can see my quotation is not neatly arranged as others. Am I doing anything wrong? The funny thing is that it sometimes works and sometimes not (??!!)