Franz Liszt Beethoven Symphony Transcriptions S. 464
About Franz Liszt's Beethoven Symphony Transcriptions
Liszt began his Beethoven Symphony transcriptions in 1838, completing Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 and 7. But it would not be until 1865 that Liszt would complete his set at the behest of the publisher Breitkopf & Härtel.
Liszt reworked the original three transcriptions and sped his way through the remaining Symphonies, although he conceded "the impossibility of making any pianoforte arrangement of the 4th movement [of the 9th symphony] ...that could in any way be...satisfactory".
Liszt´s Beethoven transcriptions remain a mountain in the piano repertoire: they bear witness both to his reverence for Beethoven and his genius in the art of transcription.