Franz Liszt
Piano Transcriptions from
French and Italian Operas

In his long career as a composer, Liszt (1811—1886) wrote some sixty works based on popular operas of his clay. This volume, spanning the composer’s output from 1835 to 1879, presents a selection of his paraphrases and fantasies on operas written chiefly in the French and Italian traditions. Reproduced directly from a rare Russian edition of Liszt’s works, this edition includes the following transcriptions:

Sarabande and Chaconne from Almira (Handel)
Reminiscences of Don Juan [Don Giovannfl (Mozart)
Reminiscences of Robert le Diable: Valse infernale (Meyerbeer)
Overture to William Tell (Rossini)
Reminiscences of Lucia di Lammerrnoor (Donizetti)
Concert Waltz on Two Themes from Lucia and Parisina (Donizetti)
Grand Concert Fantasy from Sonnambula (Bellini)
Reminiscences of Norma (Bellini)
Concert Paraphrase of Rigoletto; “Miserere” from Trovatore; Concert Paraphrase of Ernani (Verdi) ;
Waltz from Faust, Concert Paraphrase (Gounod)
Polonaise from Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)

Encompassing selections as diverse as the Baroque melodies of Handel and the glitter ing romanticism of Tchaikovsky, Liszt’s masterful transcriptions and fantasies reveal his exceptional ability to transform the essence of an operatic theme into unforgettable music for the piano. For the present edition, published in association with the American Liszt Society, all headings, footnotes, and other indications that originally appeared in Russian have been translated into English. Liszt scholar Charles Suttoni has 1)0th selected the pieces and contributed a new Introduction.

Original Dover selection of pieces from Volume I—III of F. Liszt/Opernye transkriptsii dlya fortep’yano [Piano Transcriptions from Operasi, originally published by the Gosu darstvennoe Muzykal’noe Izdatel’stvo [State Music Publishersi, Moscow, under the editorship of V. S. Belov and K. S. Sorokin. New Introduction by Charles Suttoni. Published in association with the American Liszt Society. viii + 247pp. 9 x 12. Paper bound.

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