Franz Liszt

About Franz Liszt's Ballades

Of Liszt’s two Ballades, the second is the more substantial, the more menacing and also the more popular. Its inspiration is supposed to have been Gottfried Bürgers Lenore, a spectral romance in which a ghostly rider, posing as Lenore’s dead lover, carries her away on a macabre night ride through an eerie landscape illuminated by flashes of lightning. It culminates in a revelation of the rider as Death himself—a skeleton with scythe and hourglass.
The earlier, first Ballade is a brighter work, clearly inspired by Chopin, who died in the year of its publication.

Preview TitleKey Year Level
Ballade 1  S . 170  in D-flat Major by Liszt piano sheet music AAB Ballade 1 S . 1706 D-flat Major 1848 8+
Ballade 2  S . 171  in B Minor by Liszt piano sheet music AAC Ballade 2 S . 17136 B Minor 1853 8+

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Recording of Liszts Ballads by Diabolos
Hi all, I'm looking for a good recording of Liszts Ballads; since the 2nd one does have three possible endings, I was wondering if anyone k...