Autumn 2021: Play the Octaves with Two Hands: Chopin's and Liszt's Redistributions in Their Own Works

The practice of playing one or more notes with a different hand than prescribed by the composer, commonly known as "redistribution," is used widely by pianists today, though the practice has its critics. Some pianists contend that redistribution violates the composer's intent and should be avoided. Other performers, especially&n...

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From the Artist Bench with Jerry Wong

Funérailles by Franz Liszt

The Neglected Consolations of Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt's beloved Consolation No. 3 in D-flat Major from the Six Consolations S.172, is a character piece frequently performed by the advancing pianist in recital and festival adjudications. Reminiscent of a nostalgic nocturne, Consolation No. 3 features a stunning melodic line and unpredictable harmonic nuances that have surely contribute...

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June 29


1824 -13 year old Franz Liszt performs a demonstration of the new Piano Forte invented by Sebastian Erard, at Drury Lane in London.  

April 3


1832 - First duo performance of pianist Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin, in Paris, which was at a benefit concert organized by Hector Berlioz for his bankrupt Shakespearean actress wife Harriet Smithson.  They performed together on seven occasions between 1833 and 1841. 

February 17


1855 - Premiere of Liszt's First Piano Concerto in E-flat Major, in Weimar, German.  Liszt was the soloist with Hector Berlioz conducting.  

December 1

1822, Franz Liszt made his debut as a concert pianist at the age of 11. Vienna, Austria  


Génie Oblige: Franz Liszt and musical service

Génie Oblige: Franz Liszt and musical service

For Franz Liszt, music was a moral force. He would surely have agreed with Alfred Cortot who used to proclaim, "Music forces Mankind to confront its nobility." Nobility! It brings us to the heart of the matter. Liszt was the first musician in history to articulate a great idea: namely, that music functions best when placed in the service of so...

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An unknown pupil of Franz Liszt

Today we know only a few composers and performers from the past in contrast to the many who were active, and even well known during their lifetime. I recently read that more than 16,000 works titled "symphony" were composed between 1720 and 1810. Yet when I think of symphony composers from this time period, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and perhaps a f...

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Beethoven goes to Hollywood (and takes a few friends along)

Beethoven goes to Hollywood (and takes a few friends along)

As a faculty member at the East Carolina University School of Music, I frequently taught our Piano Literature sequence. The last time I led these classes, I decided to add a new component to the second-semester schedule: films about pianist-composers. Hollywood through the years has found the artistic life irresistible, and there are quite a f...

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A Liszt Odyssey: An interview with Alan Walker, part II


In the September/October issue, awardwinning biographer and former BBC producer Dr. Alan Walker shared discoveries and reflections on the life and work of Franz Liszt. Dr. Walker also discussed the early years of his own career and his evolution as a biographer and a leading Liszt authority.  How has Liszt's reception evolved since his death?&...

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Franz Liszt the Teacher

Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt was a legendary pianist, famous for his overwhelming technical prowess and expressive power. Many today do not realize that as a teacher he had a lasting effect upon piano playing throughout Europe and even in the United States. Most of the great pianists of the nineteenth century came under his influence, whether or not they attended h...

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The completion of De Profundis: Instrumental Psalm for Piano & Orchestra by Franz Liszt

Excerpt 1: Liszt’s dedication page. “De Profundis Psaume Instrumental pour Orchestre et Piano Principal by F. Liszt.” Dedicated to the Abbé Felicité de Lamennais.

The instrumental psalm De Profundis for piano & orchestra by Franz Liszt (Raabe: 668, Searle: 691) is an unfinished, though virtually complete manuscript held by the Goethe and Schiller Archive in Weimar, Germany. It was composed during the late summer of 1834 while Liszt was staying at La Chênaie, in Brittany, having sought out the company of ...

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De Profundis Score Examples

Excerpt 2: Page 1 of Liszt’s score to De Profundis.

Note: this is a continuation of the De Profundis article found elsewhere in this September 2011 issue The following score examples will reveal several points of interest about the manuscript (of both Liszt's original and my transcription). They should provide a clearer understanding of the difficulty of transcribing the work as well as sh...

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Did the piano kill Liszt?

An interview with Liszt's great-granddaughter Blandine Ollivier de Prévaux The following interview took place in 1970 and was originally published in Clavier. The valuable recollections and thoughts from a direct descendant of Liszt along with firsthand accounts from her father and grandfather make this a fascinating story—one worth reading fo...

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Questions & Answers

Preparing for Liszt  The Questions & Answers column of Clavier Companion typically deals with issues related to elementary and intermediate level piano instruction. This issue of our magazine is devoted to a celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Franz Liszt. Most of Liszt's compositions are so demanding, both in their musical cha...

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A Liszt Odyssey: An interview with Alan Walker

A Liszt Odyssey: An interview with Alan Walker

More than 20,000 published works exist featuring charismatic trailblazer Franz Liszt. But biographer Alan Walker sets a new standard for Liszt scholarship, as well as musicological research and biographical writing. "The Volumes" (Dr. Walker's reference to his mammoth three-volume Liszt biography) have been honored by the Royal Philharmonic Society...

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Liszt at High Altitude

You have probably seen the cartoon: Bugs Bunny cracks the knuckles of his three fingers and proceeds to play Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. As a child I longed to perform this music the way Bugs did—with joy, élan, and, yes, like a showoff.  Many descriptions of Liszt's piano playing depict him as a wildhaired showman, a precursor of the li...

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Shouldn't technical study be fun? Liszt, etude practice, and attention to detail...

It rests in a corner of a neo-classical style building from the 1920s - a beautiful temple, faced with Indiana limestone. The central court in which it slumbers is full of beautiful things: several pieces of Chihuly art glass, mounted high on the wall; a seventeenth century Claude Lorrain portrait of a young boy; and a Fairfield Porter paintin...

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