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5 Minutes on Franz Liszt’s Funérailles

November 17th, 2017 in Top Video Picks by | 3 comments

Pianist Daniel Barenboim, now celebrating 75 years, has published a series of short videos titled “5 minutes on…” in which he discusses well-known piano pieces. In this episode he talks about Franz Liszt’s Funérailles from the piano cycle Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses.

Barenboim talks about FunéraillesLiszt built his monumental and transcendental technique on the back of Czerny’s 1,100 etudes, which, as his teacher, Czerny forced him to memorize and play incessantly. Liszt translated that incredible power to the piano. Armed with such technique, he was free to explore new directions in both composition and performance. There was, literally, nothing he couldn’t play. Because he was so gifted, he was able to break new ground by playing recitals of other composers’ music, which was unusual during the early and middle 19th century.

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  • Thank you Maestro fBarenboim for sharing your enthousiasm in such an inspring and visual way!

  • Mark Cheesman says:

    Great! Please can we have a ‘5 minutes on…’ for Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata?

  • David Evans says:

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and insight – a priviledge for the viewer/listener which enriches his/her musical pleasure. Again, thank you.

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