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Beethoven-Liszt – Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 (Piano solo) with Sheet Music

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Beethoven-Liszt – Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 (Piano Solo) with Sheet Music – Cyprien Katsaris, piano

Cyprien Katsaris, piano

Track list

00:00 – Allegro con brio. 17:35 – Marcia funebre – Adagio assai. 35:43 – Scherzo – Allegro vivace. 42:01 – Finale: Allegro molto – Poco andante – Presto.

Liszt’s solo piano transcription of Beethoven’s symphonies belongs to the most challenging works of the piano repertoire. The 5th, 6th and 7th of Beethoven’s 9 symphonies were completed by Liszt in 1837. Liszt subsequently performed the transcriptions throughout Europe before going on a 23-year hiatus on the project until he finished it in 1863. The full set was eventually published in 1865 and dedicated to Hans von Bülow, Liszt’s son-in-law.

Franz Liszt, having written his 2-piano transcription of Beethoven’s 9th symphony in 1851, finished the first three movements of the piano solo version in the years 1863/64. By historical records and even the score itself, it is evident that Liszt had issues finishing the final 4th movement – he was, in places, unable to detach the choral part from the piano reduction due to the large complexity of the original work.

Nevertheless, the 4th movement was completed in 1865 and the entire collection of transcribed Beethoven symphonies for solo piano was published the same year with a dedication to Hans von Bülow, Liszt’s son in law.

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