The greatest piano virtuoso of the 19th century, Franz Liszt possessed an astonishing ability to recreate orchestral fabric at the keyboard, enabling pianists to reproduce the texture and grandeur of symphonic works. This volume is the second of Dover's two-part set of Liszt’s piano transcriptions of Beethoven's nine symphonies, reproduced from the edition authorized by Liszt himself. Its contents include Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastorale"; Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92; Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93; and Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral."
The collection also contains engrossing pieces of background information, including a facsimile of Liszt's handwritten French preface to his Beethoven transcriptions (along with its English translation), as well as an introduction by Dr. Alan Walker, author of the definitive three volume Liszt biography.
A memorable tribute from one musical genius to another, these beautiful transcriptions will delight pianists and music lovers alike.
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About the Author
Composer, conductor, and teacher Franz Liszt (181186) 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.
Table of Contents
Liszt's Preface (facsimile & translation)
"Symphony No. 6 in F Major ("Pastorale") Op. 68"
[I] Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft dem Lande Awakening of cheerful feelings on arrival in the country
Allegro ma non troppo
[II] Scene am Bach Scene by the brook
Andante molto moto
[III] Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute Merry gathering of the countryfolk
[IV] Donner. Sturm Thunderstorm
[V] "Hirtengesang. Frohe, dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm. Song of the shepherds. Happy, grateful feelings after the storm."
"Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92"
I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
III. Scherzo: Presto
V. Allegro con brio
"Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93"
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Tempo di Menuetto
IV. Allegro vivace
"Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ("Choral"), Op. 125"
I. "Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso"
II. [Scherzo]: Molto vivace - Presto - Coda
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato - Adagio
Allegro ma non troppo/recitative - Vivace/recitative -
Adagio cantabile/recitative - Allegro
"Presto/recitative: "O Freunde"
"Allegro: "Freude, schöner Götterfunken"
"Allegro assai vivace, alla Marcia - "Froh, wie seine Sonnen"
"Seid umschlungen, Millionen!"
"Adagio ma non troppo ma divoto: "Ihr stürzt nieder"
"Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato: "Freude, schöner Götterfunken" / "Seid umschlungen,Millionen!"
"Allegro non tanto: "Freude, Tochter aus Elysium!"
"Alle Menschen" - Poco adagio"
Poco Allegro . . . - Prestissimo
Maestoso - Prestissimo