For me, it really sums up Liszt as a composer: forceful, unforgiving storms of sound, wild cadenzas (a.k.a. It challenges pianists, listeners, and musicologists, but despite this (or maybe because of this?) But in reality the whole work is tightly constructed from the music of the sonata's introduction. 4; Nocturne Op.

2, Liszt Sonata in B minor, Liszt Bicentary Edition, Vol. My email is:,, The Polish pianist Gregory Kinda has recently recorded the Liszt Sonata sonata on an Australian Stuart and Sons piano. Liszt's powerful masterpiece is difficult to understand, and even more devilishly difficult to play. Liszt appreciated Beethoven’s music. 64, Grieg, Liszt, Mozart: Piano Sonatas in Concert, 1971, Liszt: Piano Sonata; Petrarch Sonnets; Mephisto-Waltz; La Campanella, Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Petrarch Sonnets; Granados: El Amor y la Muerte, Liszt: Sonata; 3 Paraphrases; Dante Sonata, Liszt: Sonate h-Moll; Mosonyis Grabgeleit; Felix Draeseke: Sonate cis-Moll, Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall [2013], Witold Malcuzynski - The Polish Master Pianist, Yojo, 17 Piano - Beethoven, Liszt, Caspers, Berman: Liszt, Ravel, Debussy, De Falla, Vol. Although Liszt performed it for his enthusiastic disciples in Weimar the work failed to impress Brahms or Clara Schumann. While listening, follow along in Liszt’s autograph manuscript In the Sonata in B minor, Liszt, the great radical, connected himself convincingly with the sonata tradition. 17; Valse Oublée No. The Sonata drew an enthusiastic compliment from Richard Wagner following a private performance of the piece by Karl Klindworth in 1855. 2; Igor Stravinsky: Pétrouchka, Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Liszt: Sonata; Ricordanza; Grande Études de Paganini Nos. 47, 104 & 123, Beethoven: Sonatas for piano No23; Liszt: Sonata for piano in Bm, Brahms: Sonate No. 2; Brahms: Rhapsodien op. – Winklhofer, S. (1978)Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor.

Furthermore, there is a chance that not all information is correct (depends somewhat on your definition of ‘correct’), so you have been warned. Another detailed study by Tibor Szász (1985) suggests, in terms of studying melodies found elsewhere in Liszt´s music, a possible presence of a program in the Sonata based on biblical texts. However, he made the sonata form his own in this innovative and unique work in one movement. The roughly 30 minute piece is one of Franz Liszt's greatest achievements. It works on both analytical and emotional levels, just as many of Liszt’s other compostions, some of them experimental, don’t. Before I begin with the analysis I would like to make clear that my view towards this Sonata is very biased as, having played this piece myself, I am a huge fan of this Sonata (it is one of my favourite pieces ever composed for piano). For instance the exposition is a sonata form which starts and ends with material in B minor, containing the second part of the exposition and development wandering away from the tonic key, largely through the relative major D. Two notable reference performances of the Sonata: Támás Vásary: Each passage is only a few seconds long.

Each of these sections (exposition, development, leadback, and recapitulation) are examples of Classical forms in and of themselves, which means that this piece is one of the earliest examples of Double-function form, a piece of music which has two classical forms occurring simultaneously, one containing others. Charles Rosen states in his book The Classical Style that the entire piece fits the mold of a sonata form because of the reprise of material from the first movement that had been in D major, the relative major, now reprised in B minor. Some musicologists have also argued that the piece is autobiographical, and point out that such a view would not exclude a Faustian interpretation. A theme that in one context sounds menacing and even violent, is then transformed into a beautiful melody. 27 No. 4, Simon Barere at the Carnegie Hall, Volume One: Franz Liszt, Vladimir Horowitz: The Early Recordings (1932-1936), Allegro energico - Stretta quasi presto - Presto - Prestissimo - Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Lento assai. 2: Claudio Arrau, hr_Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), Liszt Bicentenary Edition, Vol. Entries (RSS) If you like my site, please click "Like"... thanks! Second mvt.

1, Liszt, Stravinsky in Transkriptionen für Orgel, Martha Argerich Presents Evgheny Brakhman, Simon Barere: Live Recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. Claudio Arrau (four parts): Thus Liszt’s dedication of the B minor Sonata was a reciprocal gesture, which Schumann, sadly, could no longer appreciate. In it, Liszt presents what is considered by most commentators as his finest example of the musical technique of continuous "thematic transformation," which was to have a profound effect on the future of music -- especially as taken up by Wagner and used as the basic musical means by which he constructed all his later operas, especially the great Ring of the Nibelung tetralogy. This technique helps to bind the sonata’s sprawling structure into a single cohesive unit. The Grand Sonata – Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B Minor,, A Livestreamed Chopin Celebration in Warsaw, Igor Levit – Reaching Out, Looking Inwards, Ten Days, Five Concertos – Bezuidenhout’s Beethoven Challenge, An Uncancelled Beethoven Celebration – Interview with Konstantin Scherbakov, part 1, Argerich Performs Chopin’s Sonata No. Some say there are 5, others 7 (personally I can only count 5). Return from Liszt's Sonata in B Minor to Composer Overview 6, Llyr Williams Plays Liszt, Schubert, Beethoven, Queen Elisabeth Music Competition Vol. Thanks for the article. 62 No. 17; Kinderszenen Op. P.120 In my opinion, I analyze this sonata B minor in three movements (“First Movement,” ” Slow Movement” and” Coda”) and combine a large sonata form. 3, Chopin: Sonata No. 5; Liszt: Sonate en si mineur, Cesar Franck: Prelude, Chorale & Fugue; Bach - Busoni: Chaconne; Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, Chopin: Sonata in B; Rachmaninov: Polka on a Theme by WR; Preludes; 3 Nocturnes; Liszt: Sonata in B, Concours International Marguérite Long-Jacques Thibaud, Paris, 1995: Piano, Franz Liszt Sonata in B minor, S.178; Robert Schumann Fantasie in C, Op.17, Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Mephisto Waltz; Piano Concerto No. No other work of Liszt's has attracted anywhere near the amount of scholarly attention paid to the Sonata in B minor.

By adding all of these changes together, he constructs the entire piece.

The motivic units undergo thematic transformation throughout the work to suit the musical context of the moment. Legendary pianist Claudio Arrau (1903-91), who studied with the Liszt pupil Martin Krause in Berlin, offers an unforgettable and monumental rendition through a full orchestral reading of the piece, revealing an epic and almost religious interpretation which makes us think of the sonata form as a grand theatrical drama. fast, tricky parts where the pianist shows off), and soul-stirring melodies. One could also mention a Bach-Beethoven-Liszt connection vis a vis the great fugue that comes after the slow movement. 1 & 2; Funérailles, Liszt: Sonata; Two Legends; Scherzo and March, The Art of the Symphonic Organist, Vol. It has now been more than 150 years after the Sonata’s public premiere and no musicologist, music theorist or classical music fan can deny its influence, craft and original power.
3, The Three Great Pianist Composers, Vol. He wrote most of his large-scale, more thoughtful music here, away from the spectacular European tours and aristocratic salons. Third mvt. But it was first publicly performed only four years later. 2, Op. How could they not! I will discuss why and analyze the structure in my essay.

That brings me to... My personal favorite performance of this piece is by Jorge Bolet. 1 & 2; Sonata in B minor; Mephisto Waltz, Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. Its private performances prior to that was poorly received; it is told that the great Johannes Brahms fell asleep when he was in the audience. Critics made fun of it when it was published and performed, as they usually do.

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And this sonata transcribed for organ by myself: Piano Street's Classical Piano News is proudly powered by

The Wanderer Fantasy was one of Liszt´s favourite concert pieces which he also arranged for piano and orchestra in 1851. 2, Beethoven: Sonate Op.

1, Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Piano Masterpieces, Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Tre Sonetti del Petrarca; Légende No. The Sonata is notable for being constructed from five motivic elements that are woven into an enormous musical architecture. It's definitely built using a small number of different melodies. 0.408 seconds.

Amazingly, only one tiny section of the Liszt Sonata in B Minor is repeated exactly! 1 & 2; Sonata for Piano in B minor, Liszt: Sonata for piano in Bm; Beethoven: Sonatas for piano No21, Liszt: Sonata for piano in Bm; Chopin: Scherzos No4, Liszt: Sonata for piano in Bm; Grandes études S141, Liszt: Sonata for piano in Bm; Liebesträume S541, Liszt: Sonata for piano in Bm; Mozart: Concertos for piano No24, Liszt: Sonata for piano in Bm; Nuages Gris S199, Liszt: Sonata for piano in Bm; Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op26, Liszt: Sonata for piano in Bm; Schumann: Piano Sonata in F#m No1, Op11, Liszt: Sonata in B Minor; Debussy: Preludes, Book 1, Liszt: Sonata in B minor: Tre Sonetti del Petrarca, Liszt: Sonata in B minor; 2 Études en concert, Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Chopin: Sonatas, Opp. 7: Lazar Berman, Liszt, Berg, Bartók, Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas, Liszt: Fantaisie und Fuge; Sonata in B minor, Liszt: Piano Concertos 1 & 2; Sonata in B minor, Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor; 2 Légendes; Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude, Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor; Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy, Liszt: Scherzo & March; 'Dante' Sonata; Sonata in B minor. Superimposed upon the four movements is a large sonata form structure, although the precise beginnings and endings of the traditional development and recapitulation sections has long been a topic of debate.

He was in his 60's when he recorded the version I like (from the Liszt: Piano Works boxset on Decca), which gives his interpretation a very mature feeling. 1, Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor; Six Paganini Etudes; Don Juan Rhapsody, Liszt: Piano Sonata; Mephisto Walz No. Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor was composed in 1853, soon after he ended his career as a virtuoso pianist touring throughout Europe. 1; Scherzo No.1, Franz Liszt: Sonata In B Minor/Tre Sonetti/Two Legends, Great Pianists of the 20th Century: The Complete Edition (Box 1), Great Pianists of the 20th Century: The Complete Edition (Box 2), Leon Fleisher Plays Copland, Liszt, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Liszt: Sonata in B minor; La Campanella; Valse oubliée; Sonetto 123 del Petrarca; Feux follets; Harmonies du soir, The Rubinstein Collection (Limited Edition), Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Après une lecture de Dante; Funérailles; Gnomenreigen, Liszt: Sonata in B minor; Deux Légendes; Gretchen, Mordecai Shehori plays Schubert, Fauré & Liszt, Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor; Liebestraum No. 17; Bagatelle, Grieg: Piano Concerto; Liszt: Piano Sonata, Historic Russian Archives Emil Gilels Edition: Franz Liszt, Leonard Pennario: The Early Years, 1950-1958, Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies S244; Sonata for piano in Bm, Liszt: Petrarch sonnet 104; Mephisto-Waltz No.
The Liszt Sonata in B Minor.The name causes pianists to tremble, perhaps even fall off their piano benches. And even those who agree on the number of sections still argue about where exactly the sections begin and end!! Decca / Universal Music Classics and Jazz, Saint-Saëns, Vol. 2: The Complete Liszt Recordings, Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition and Other Piano Pieces, Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 3 Live.

1 & 2; Totentanz; Piano Sonata in B minor, Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op. As we all know now, the first page of Liszt’s score presents all three main themes.