Today, October 22 2011, marks the 200th birthday of Franz Liszt, the greatest piano virtuoso of his time, inventor of the modern piano recital and one of the most influential composers of the 19th century.
Piano Street here presents a collection of material and links to resources for you to enjoy in order to commemorate the great Franz Liszt.
Happy birthday, Franz!
Consolation no 3
Liszt’s six Consolations were inspired by a set of poems of the same name by the French author and literary critic Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve.
They were composed in 1849-1850, in the beginning of Liszt’s most productive period, when he had only recently abandoned the concert stage, persuaded by his lover Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein to concentrate on composition.
The most well-known piece in the set is No. 3, clearly inspired by the Nocturnes of Chopin, who had died in October 1849.
Free score to download and print: Liszt – Consolation no 3 in D-flat
Tip: Start a video below and then click the “Score preview” button to follow along in the score.
Listen to different recordings of Consolation no. 3:
Emil von Sauer (Liszt’s pupil)
Sandro Russo plays on Liszt’s 1862 Bechstein
Paul Barton – tutorial
Liszt Challenge – Win a Gold Membership
Which are Liszt’s four most popular piano pieces?
Earlier this year we ran a survey among our members, asking which piano pieces they consider the most enjoyable and beneficial. Hundreds of piano students of all levels, teachers and pianists have submitted their answers and the results of the survey will be published later this year.
When looking at only Liszt music, the result coincides with the download statistics from Piano Street’s sheet music library:
There are four of Liszt’s piano pieces which are significantly more popular than his other pieces. The Consolation no 3 (above) is one of these four, but our question to you is:
Which are the other three pieces?
Note that the correct answer is based on preferences of Piano Street’s members, which does not necessarily reflect the view of a general public.
Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org (use subject “Liszt Challenge”) before October 31.
Among those who submits the correct answer we will draw five winners who receives a 1 Year Piano Street Gold membership (value $47).
The correct answer is:
La Campanella, Liebestraum no. 3 and Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2
Winners: Judith Lanham, Luis Manuel, Brian N, Minh Anh Nguyen Vu and Dick Hill
Barry Douglas and Leslie Howard talk Liszt on the BBC
Reuters: Superstar, ladies’ man: Happy 200th Franz Liszt
International Liszt Association
Franz Liszt Year 2011 – Hungary
Lisztomania 2011 – Burgenland
Lisztomania 2011 – free iPhone app
Franz Liszt at the Library of Congress
Liszt bicentennial prompts dissonance over composer’s true identity
World Liszt Day
More Liszt on Piano Street’s blog:
Kissin Giving Liszt to the World
Grand Style Liszt with Bererzovsky
The Grand Sonata – Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B Minor
New Sheet Music: Liszt – Transcriptions of Songs by Schubert
Cziffra Plays Liszt’s Gnomenreigen
Recommended book: The Piano Master Classes of Franz Liszt
The Hungarian Liszt..? Exclusive interview with pianist Klára Würtz
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the World’s Largest Recording Series by a Solo Artist
Khatia Buniatishvili in Search of Faust
Join the celebration: Send your greetings to Franz or share you comments, favourite Liszt-links or personal thoughts about Franz Liszt and his music in a blog comment!