Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Liebestraum and Liebesbotschaft were two songs whose translations included the word 'love'. What were the translations, first Liebestraum and then Liebesbotschaft?||Liszt-o-mania
Dream of Love-Message of Love. Both of these songs are very romantic and very popular with young couples.
|Tommy Dorsey, the big band trombonist, played a song called, 'The Guy With the Slide Trombone'. It used the tune of one of Liszt's songs. Which song was it?||Liszt-o-mania
Hungarian Rhapsody 2. Quite the popular tune, wasn't it?
|Liszt had many students who greatly looked up to him. He often held little concerts for him, but which of his own songs did he refuse to play?||Liszt-o-mania
Hungarian Rhapsody 2. He refused to play the song because it was so immensely popular and he had gotten sick of playing it.
1811-1886. He lived seventy-five years, quite a while for someone in his time.
|Liszt wrote only one opera. It was actually a smaller operetta. What were it's two titles?||Liszt-o-mania
Don Sanche-The Castle of Love. This opera is not very well-known at all, and its music is almost impossible to find.
Hungary. Liszt was one of the only well-known Hungarian composers. He wrote 20 Hungarian Rhapsodies, 19 of which were published, to honor his country.
|Liszt had 12 transcendental etudes. Which one was his 11th?||Liszt-o-mania
Harmonies du Soir. Harmonies du Soir means 'Harmonies of the night' or 'Evening harmonies' when translated to English.
pneumonia. He died during a festival of Wagner's works at Bayreuth, Germany.
Yes. When he was twelve years old, he played for royalty all over Europe. He played with great energy and his fingers flew all over the keys.
1300. He wrote 400 origianl pieces and 900 arrangements of other composers' pieces.
He wrote and played music that dazzled and amazed audiences.. He stretched the limits of playing the piano. He created new effects and mastered difficult passages. Cartoonists drew pictures of him playing with four hands and twenty fingers, because it sounded like he needed them to play as he did.
Yes. He was mobbed by adoring fans, and made a great deal of money. Women also fell in love with him and even fainted at his concerts.
|At age twelve, his teacher had taught him everything he knew. At what age did Liszt stop performing for some time?
||The outstanding Franz Liszt
16. His father died and he went to live with his mother in Paris.
Vienna and Paris. Even though he was a small, sickly child who could barely stretch across the keyboard and could hardly reach the pedals, his playing astounded everyone.
No. His father did. Haydn also worked for Prince Esterhazy in the 1700's.
October 22, 1811. He was born in a small town near Sopron, Hungary. He later moved to Vienna, Austria where he studied with great teachers.
No. 6, in D-flat major. Liszt's sixth "Hungarian Rhapsody" was based off Gypsy themes that he constantly heard in Hungary. The sixth rhapsody is divided into three parts. First, the introduction, which is played in the presto tempo. Then, the piece transforms into an andante, and is very soft, which again is taken by a huge thundering of keys, mainly the black keys. It ends with a bang!
Night Proscession. "Mephisto waltz no. 2" ranks as obscure repertoire, as it is rarely seen in concert play. The key is in E-flat, and it was dedicated to Camille Saint Saens.
Violin Concerto movement three, Op. 7. Known as "La Campanella", (The Bell), this etude is based solely off Paganini's violin concerto no. 2, the third movement. It starts off with several D-flat major chords. Though it is very soft, it is extremely difficult, as all of Liszt's pieces are. Op. 1 no. 9, is the fifth Paganini Etude, known as "La Chasse" (The Hunt), and Op. 1, no. 24, is the sixth Paganini Etude.
Victor Hugo. Victor Hugo (author of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"), wrote the poem Mazeppa, which was the basis for this piece. It is also thought of as the most difficult transcendental etude, for its amazing speed and technique rank it among the best. The poem is about a young Ukrainian noble, Mazeppa, being tied to a horse and run around the countryside to Poland.
Long left hand intervals. The fifth transcendental etude, "Fuex Follets" (Will'o'the wisps), is an extremely demanding piece in the concert repertoire. It is mostly known for its long left hand intervals, sometimes spanning two octaves, along with a connectivity of grace notes, which require great speed and endurance to play. The key is in B-minor.
C major. The "Transcendental etude no.1" is quite short, less than a minute long in concert speed. However, its extreme difficulty makes up for its short length. The etude is actually called a prelude, as it starts the series of twelve etudes, S. 139.
Hand crossing. This is the third concert etude in Liszt's series. This etude is also known for its notorious hand-crossings, the right and left hands almost four to six octaves apart. If you do master this piece, however, it makes a great addition to a pianist's concert repertoire.
Don Sanche ou Le Chateau l'amour. "Don Sanche ou Le Chateau l'armour" (Don Sanche, or the Castle of Love), was Liszt's first and only opera, not to mention his his first composition. It was composed from 1824-1825. It is a one act opera, and is about a knight, Don Sanche, in love with the princess of the court. The king does not approve, and many problems face the two afterward. Liszt was fourteen when this opera was composed, making him an instant hit!
E-flat Major. "The Carnival of Pecs" was given the nickname because it sounded like many Hungarian carnivals at the time. Liszt published this in the year of 1853. It starts with E-flat major chords, and it is quite soft. There is a quick break, and the piece then is extremely fiery and difficult to play.