The Liszt Companion
Provides a highly readable examination of the music of Franz Liszt, along with discussions of his life, letters, and writings.
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Franz Liszt is most well-known for his compositions for piano and orchestra, but his influence is also strong in chamber music, choral music, and orchestral transcriptions. This new collection of essays presents a scholarly overview of all of the composer's work, providing the most comprehensive and current treatment of both his oeuvre and the immense amount of secondary literature written about it. Highly regarded critics and scholars write for both a general and academic audience, covering all of Liszt's major compositions as well as the neglected gems found among his choral and chamber works.
Following an outline of the subject's life, The Liszt Companion goes on to detail Liszt's critical reception in the German press, his writings and letters, his piano and orchestral works, his neglected secular choral works, and his major organ compositions. Also explored here are his little-known chamber pieces and his songs. An exhaustive bibliography and index of works conclude the volume. This work will both elucidate aspects of Liszt's most famous work and revive interest in those pieces that deserve and require greater attention.
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PrefaceLife, Writings, and ReceptionFranz Liszt: 1811-1886 by Klára HamburgerLiszt's Writings and Correspondence by Charles SuttoniLiszt in the German-Language Press by Jim DeavilleThe Young LisztThe Youthful Works by Michael SaffleKeyboard MusicPiano Music: 1836-1861 by Ben ArnoldPiano Music: 1861-1886 by Ben ArnoldOpera Paraphrases by Charles SuttoniOrgan Music by Marilyn KielniarzInstrumental MusicChamber Music by William WrightOrchestral Works by Michael SafflePiano and Orchestra Works by Jay RosenblattVocal MusicSacred Choral Works by Michael SaffleSecular Choral Works by Kristin WendlandSongs and Melodramas by Ben ArnoldBibliographyIndex of WorksIndex of Names and Subjects
...notable for its completeness and its currency....even experts may find new information here. An excellent bibliography rounds out the volume. As a summary of contemporary Liszt scholarship, this book is indispensable, and it is recommended to all libraries.