Brahms composed these melodic finger exercises for use in preparation for performing his more challenging piano works. They encompass a great many technical problems found in piano music composed up to and including the Romantic period. Great emphasis is placed on finger independence as well as on the total independence of hands.
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1st and 2nd 1st and 5th 1st finger 22 Mixed arpeggios 2nd and 5th 2nd finger 37 extra exercises 3rd and 4th 3rd finger 4th and 5th 5-note groups 50 Broken arpeggio 5th fingers 5th over 1st Andante Arpeggiated figure Brahms Broken arpeggio passage BROKEN CHORDS Built on broken changing positions chromatically in sequence constantly changing intervals contrary motion Double-note exercise Eighth-note melody Emphasizes stretch figuration in contrary finger and 1st finger and 2nd finger and 5th Fingers 12 fingers 3rd fingers and independence fingers from sustained hands in contrary holding note independence of 3rd inversion legato ben legato leggiero marcato moving fingers octave in contrary Opus played staccato Preliminary practice preparatory exercise Promotes independence repeated notes section of number sequence with moving simile sixths Stresses independence stretch between 2nd stretch between 4th sustain long note sustained fingers sustained notes thirds for hands thumb sustaining wrist motion Г Г