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Holiday gifts from Piano Street: Two New Liszt Scores

Why not spend some of the remaining time of this Liszt-year at the piano with two of his most beloved pieces, Consolation no 3 and Liebestraum?

New Piano Street Editions! – FREE to download and print:
Liszt – Consolation no 3
Liszt – “Liebestraum” (Nocturne no 3)
(available until December 31)


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Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes

Franz Liszt’s 12 Transcendental Etudes from 1851 are a set of pieces designed to develop technique while beeing musically engaging and enjoyable at the same time. They are considered some of the legendary virtuoso’s most demanding music.

1. Listen to the complete recordings by Claudio Arrau and Boris Berezovsky while following along in the scores!

2. Share your thoughts: Which are your favorite etudes and interpretations?
Please post a comment here!

Click the pianist’s name to start the playback and then the “View Score” link.

No. 1: Preludio Arrau Berezovsky
No. 2: Molto Vivace Arrau Berezovsky
No. 3: Paysage Arrau Berezovsky
No. 4: Mazeppa Arrau Berezovsky
No. 5: Feux Follets Arrau Berezovsky
No. 6: Vision Arrau Berezovsky
No. 7: Eroica Arrau Berezovsky
No. 8: Wilde Jagd Arrau Berezovsky
No. 9: Ricordanza Arrau Berezovsky
No. 10: Allegro Agitato Molto Arrau Berezovsky
No. 11: Harmonies du soir Arrau Berezovsky
No. 12 Chasse-Neige Arrau Berezovsky

Scores to download and print: Liszt – Transcendental Etudes (Gold membership required)

About Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes

The Transcendental Etudes S. 139 began in 1826, as a set of youthful and far less technically demanding exercises called the Étude en douze exercices (Study in twelve exercises) S. 136. Liszt then elaborated on these pieces considerably, and the far more technically difficult exercises called the Douze Grandes Études (Twelve Great Studies) S. 137 were then published in 1837. The Transcendental Etudes S. 139 are revisions of his Douze Grandes Etudes. As the third and final version, this set was published in 1852 and dedicated to Carl Czerny, Liszt’s piano teacher, and himself a prolific composer of etudes. The set included simplifications, for the most part; in addition to many other reductions, Liszt removed all stretches of greater than a tenth, making the piece more suitable for pianists with smaller hands and less technical skill. However, the fourth etude of the final set, Mazeppa, is actually more demanding than its 1837 version, since it very frequently alters and crosses the hand to create a “galloping” effect. When revising the 1837 set of etudes, Liszt added programmatic titles to all but the Etudes Nos. 2 and 10. These titles are in French and German. Later, one of Liszt’s editors Ferruccio Busoni gave the name Fusées (“Rockets”) to the Etude No. 2, and the name Appassionata to the Etude No. 10; however, Busoni’s titles are not commonly used or well known.

About the Arrau recordings

Arrau was entering his seventies when these performances were taped—in quad—in March 1974. An omnicompetent technique was intact, while expressiveness, suggesting the wisdom of a lifetime, blossomed. “Feux-follets” is punctilious yet quirky, leisurely and glowing, which is to say, not hustled. “Mazeppa” evinces more a canter than a gallop—virtuosically scintillant if not pyrotechnically coruscating—but still grandly compelling. If you want the fast-forward spin, try Freddy Kempf. The remaining Études are magisterial in any company, that is, even the best of today’s pianists could learn from them. “Paysage” is all rapture; “Ricordanza” (which Busoni compared to a bundle of faded love letters) is a steady spate of surprises and felicities, like fond memories awakening; the expressive crescendo of “Harmonies du soir” takes one’s breath. And so on.
- Fanfare
 Magazine

About the Berezovsky recordings

Liszt’s Douze Etudes d’exécution transcendante and pianist Boris Berezovsky were made for one another: under the extreme difficulty of execution and acrobatic tour de force of the Etudes Transcendantesis hidden a romantic musician steeped in poetry, Liszt. And behind the diabolical virtuosity and fantastic digital agility of the pianist, there is a performer of extreme sensitivity, Boris Berezovsky. We should not be obsessed with his curriculum vitae as an ace of the keyboard – he was born in 1969, studied with pianist Elisso Virsaladze at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where he won the Gold Medal in the Tchaikovsky Competition and has since then led an international career – because with time Boris has learnt to sublimate his impressive technique and to simply put it at the service of the music. This film reveals to us a Berezovsky who is literally unequalled in his mastery of the terrible pitfalls of the Etudes Transcendantes – he even breaks a piano string… – and immerses us in the Romantic world of Liszt.
- Medici.tv


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  1. Carlos Says:

    Thanks for the wonderful gift.
    The Eroica is my favorite Etude, but just could not make up my mind on the interpretes… They are both so good! Diferent interpretations but both great.

  2. D Bowen Says:

    Thanks you and happy holiday!
    What a nice way to get to know these Liszt studies. Mazzeppa is still my favourite!

  3. Antonio Tadeu Camacho / Pianist Says:

    Dear Sir [s] and/or Lady [ies] :

    Greetings for all.Good Seasons for all.I’m grateful for the
    F. Liszt’s piano solo piece Liebestraum,as Christimas gift.
    I’ve already printed.It is a very good edition,the muscal no-
    tes are in an excellent size and it is very clear to read.I
    play this piece sometimes and it is one of the piano pie-
    ces that I like more.I hope that Piano Street’s workers may
    have an excellent and happy New Year.

    Kindly,

    Antonio Tadeu Camacho
    Industrial Designer/Pianist

    Dec. 27,2011-Tue.

  4. Orion Says:

    Thanks for the scores, I’m gonna play it latter. It really touched me when I got this mail from Pianostreet. Wish all of you guys have a wonderful holiday.

  5. Sophie Says:

    Greetings and thank you for the two free pieces! I hope to learn the very beautiful Consolation until New Years day! Need to go practice…

  6. Ligia Says:

    Thank you. I’m very happy with my gift. Happy new year for you all. Kisses. Ligia.

  7. Maria Says:

    Dear me,

    Regrettably, your first message entered the Spam so just now I received your gift. It is altogether especially for me, although I have so little acquaintances. I listen the music with my heart.

    I wish you HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Maria Moldoveanu

  8. Rosemary Erbeck Says:

    What a wonderful surprise from one pianist who is verifiable sheet music addict. I performed the Liebestraum recently and told the story of Liszt and the music as background before playing. The audience loves the anecdotal material, and it helps set the context of the piece. I can’t wait to learn the Consolation to play for them as well. Thanks again and a Happy, Healthy New Year to you all!!

  9. Maria Elizabeth Paes Lasagno Says:

    Thanks for this wonderful Christmas gift. Happy Holidays to you all!!!

  10. Eugene Swanepoel Says:

    Thank you so much from all of us here in sunny South Africa!!

    Looking forward to a great musical year in 2012!

    All the best to everyone..

  11. Daniel Says:

    Thanks so much!!!

  12. Tania Says:

    Really awesome

  13. Rosalind Says:

    Thank you but I have those two pieces.

  14. Irina Vinogradova Says:

    Thank you very much for such a beautiful gift. I think classical music is a nectar for our soles and you doing so kind job by providing people with this opportunities to listen and play this beautiful music. I never played music written by Liszt I wish I would possible played this music next year( for myself). From this 12 Liszt’s Etudes I like No.2 Motto Vivace best. Thank you very much to all your group and Happy 2012 New Year !

  15. Irina Vinogradova Says:

    P.S. I like interpretation by Arrau. I can hear how his soul speaking by playing this music.

  16. Renatu Says:

    Thank you very much for the wonderful surprise

  17. Amber Says:

    Thankyou, these are awesome. I just memorized my last new song that I had music for, thats an awesome christmas present. :D

  18. Isik from Turkiye Says:

    Thank you for your kind new year present. I wish happy and lucky year to you and all of the people in the World. No war! No death! No illness! Only happiness, peace and health. I pray to Allah for all of these….

  19. Selim M'rad Says:

    Thanks For these scores !! and this is a magniful gift from you ! :D Happy Holiday !

  20. jasna Says:

    Thank you! …All the best to everyone!!!!!

  21. Bill Says:

    Music is a gift of love.

  22. Tangerine Says:

    Thank you very very much :] for music sheet

  23. Contemporary J Says:

    You ought to be a part of a contest for one of the best sites on the web. I’m going to recommend this website!

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