Mephisto Waltz and Other Works for Solo Piano

Mephisto Waltz and Other Works for Solo Piano

by Franz Liszt
     
 

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A prolific composer and virtuoso pianist, Franz Liszt (1811–1886) was the most lionized musical personality of his time. His compositions for solo piano continue to be loved and admired by pianists and their audiences for their lush Romanticism and technical fireworks. They remain among the most frequently performed works in the repertoire. This choice selection

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A prolific composer and virtuoso pianist, Franz Liszt (1811–1886) was the most lionized musical personality of his time. His compositions for solo piano continue to be loved and admired by pianists and their audiences for their lush Romanticism and technical fireworks. They remain among the most frequently performed works in the repertoire. This choice selection of Liszt piano works reveals the powers at this extraordinary composer's command: Mephisto Waltz No.1; Nuages Gris; Liebesträume Nos. 1, 2 & 3; Grand Galop Chromatique; Polonaises Nos. 1 & 2; Valse-Impromptu in A-flat Major; Fantasia and Fugue on the Theme BACH; La Lugubre Gondola I & II; Valse Oubliée No. 1; Czárdás Macabre; Gretchen (from A Faust Symphony); Unstern: Sinsitre, Disastro; and Rhapsodie Espagnole.

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ISBN-13:
9780486171937
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
10/21/2013
Series:
Dover Music for Piano
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
215 MB
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Mephisto Waltz and Other Works for Solo Piano


By Franz Liszt

Dover Publications, Inc.

Copyright © 1994 Dover Publications, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-486-17193-7



CHAPTER 1

LIEBESTRÄUME, 3 NOTTURNOS


(Dreams of Love, 3 Nocturnes)

Piano transcriptions of three Liszt songs on the following texts

English translations by Stanley Appelbaum


[LIEBESTRAUM No. 1]
HOHE LIEBE
(Lofty Love)
Poem by Ludwig Uhland


In Liebesarmen ruht ihr trunken,
Des Lebens Früchte winken euch;
Ein Blick nur ist auf mich gesunken,
Doch bin ich vor euch allen reich.

Das Glück der Erde miss ich gerne
Und blick, ein Märtyrer, hinan,
Denn über mir in goldner Ferne
Hat sich der Himmel aufgetan.

You repose intoxicated in the arms of love,
The fruits of life beckon to you;
Only one glance has fallen on me,
But I am richer than all of you.

I gladly forgo earthly happiness
And, as a martyr, I look upward,
For above me in the golden distance
Heaven has opened.


[LIEBESTRAUM NO. 2]
SELIGER TOD
(Blissful Death)
Poem by Ludwig Uhland


Gestorben war ich
Vor Leibeswonn,
Begraben lag ich
In ihren Armen;

Erwecket ward ich
Von ihren Küssen,
Den Himmel sah ich
In ihren Augen.

I had died
Of love's rapture,
I lay buried
In her arms;

I was awakened
By her kisses,
I saw Heaven
In her eyes.


[LIEBESTRAUM No. 3]
O LIEB
(Oh, Love)
Poem by Ferdinand Freiligrath

O lieb, o lieb so lang du lieben kannst, so
lang du lieben magst.
Die Stunde kommt, wo du an Gräbern
stehst und klagst.
Und sorge dass dein Herze glüht, und Liebe
hegt und Liebe trägt,
So lang ihm noch ein ander Herz in Liebe
warm entgegenschlägt.

Und wer dir seine Brust erschliesst, o tu ihm
was du kannst zu lieb
Und mach ihm jede Stunde froh, und
mach ihm keine Stunde trüb!
Und hüte deine Zunge wohl: bald ist ein
hartes Wort entflohn.
O Gott—es war nicht bös gemeint—
Der andre aber geht und weint.

Oh, love, oh love as long as you can love, as
long as you wish to love.
The hour will come when you stand by
graves and lament.
And take care that your heart glows, and
harbors love and bears love,
As long as another heart still beats in
return, warm with love.

And whoever uncovers your heart, oh, do all
the lovable things for him you can,
And make every hour happy for him, and
make no hour dreary for him!
And watch your tongue carefully: a harsh
word escapes all too quickly.
Oh, God—it wasn't meant to be cruel—
But the other walks away and weeps.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Composer, conductor, and teacher Franz Liszt (1811–86) was renowned throughout Europe for his skills as a concert pianist. The quintessential romantic, he created an extensive and diverse oeuvre that ranges from influential experiments in musical form to more conventional pieces as well as transcriptions of works by other composers.

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