How to voice melody in chords?
Ravel Valses Nobles et Sentimental III
How to voice melody in tight impressionist chords? In the third waltz of Ravel's Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, there's a short, absolutely beautiful lyrical section where the chords in the right hand are clustered tightly together.
I worked very hard trying to sing this part (it's one of my favorite sections in the whole piece), but it comes out sounding like a bunch of clunky chords.
The only practice technique I know is to play the top note legato followed quickly by the lower notes of the chord softly staccato. I spent a million years doing this and getting it up to speed but no luck when I play the chords as is.
I think the problem might be especially the chords where the top two notes are a whole step apart (D and E, A and B) or maybe that I can't use legato fingering for some of the top notes (like 5 to 5 on some of the melody notes)
This is a problem in other pieces I try, but if I can figure out this one, I bet it would help with those as well.