I. Andante con Variazioni
NOTES: The rich octave doublings in this theme make it easy to achieve a full-bodied sound. It is easy to overdo the sforzando chords that typically follow a crescendo. In order to avoid this potential problem, it is possible to use an agogic accent instead of a dynamic stress. To highlight the counterpoint in mm. 17–30, shape the music of each hand separately, only bringing the parts together at m. 21. The subito piano markings at mm. 23 and 25 can be enhanced by taking a little extra before playing the downbeat.