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Feux Follets

Wonderfully evocative title, isn’t it?! Liszt’s Transcendental Etude No 5 is enhanced by this; the imagination gets to work as well as the fingers. Feux Follets, in B Flat Major after the dark D minor of Mazeppa, opens leggero/leggerissimo with lightly … Continue reading

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Opus 1 – a slow transformation into transcendence

As a composer, Liszt sometimes played the long game. The collection of ‘exercices’ published in 1826 in Paris as Etude en 48 Exercices dans tous les Tons Majeurs et Mineurs, and in Leipzig as Liszt’s Opus 1, became the 12 Grandes Etudes of 1838, and finally the Etudes d’Exécution Transcendante of … Continue reading

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Poetry on the Piano, Diablerie on the Violin – and All Hell Let Loose in the Orchestra

Other composers needing a mention when Liszt’s Etudes are discussed are Chopin, Paganini, and Berlioz. Berlioz and Liszt met in December 1830. Liszt’s enthusiasm for Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique was boundless; he transcribed it for solo piano, performing the transcription often, … Continue reading

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