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Liszt: Concert Etude - Un Sospiro No. 3 in D-flat Major

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Franz Liszt :
Concert Etude - Un Sospiro, No. 3
Concert Etude - Un Sospiro  No. 3  in D-flat Major by Liszt piano sheet music
Key: D-flat Major Year: 1848
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (1657 kB)

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xx Trois études de concert No.3 (Un sospiro) by Liszt
June 26, 2011, 04:22:46 AM by mcdiddy1

Tell me what you think!...Sorry for the page turns....Its been 3 weeks and is a work in progress

xx Liszt - Un Sospiro
March 15, 2011, 04:40:43 AM by ninjapianist

Hey all!
This is a live concert recording of Liszt's Un Sospiro, recorded a few months ago.  I've heard a LOT of different opinions on the style/interpretation of this piece from various teachers, and was hoping for a few more. 


xx Constructive criticism on Liszt Un Sospiro please!
March 10, 2011, 09:12:47 PM by maxpassare

xx Franz Liszt - Un Sospiro - (Étude No. 39 in D-flat major) - Lorenzo (Enzo)
February 14, 2011, 03:04:43 PM by emill

When Enzo started to "tinker" with this beautiful piece by Liszt early last month, I could barely conceal how glad I was because I have always loved the composition. This is still work in progress but i can see and feel that it is taking shape and I like what I hear. For one who is not schooled in the piano I am quite happy with Enzo's progress.

But now is the best time to hear comments and suggestions while he is still learning the piece.
We would be most grateful.
Recorded earlier at the University of the Philippines' Abelardo Hall using a Canon Vixia HF 100 HD cam.


question Chopin's Etude Op.10 no.1 or Liszt's Un Sospiro?
January 19, 2011, 12:31:01 PM by paulturtle92

I've been studying Chopin's "waterfall" etude for about half a year now, but still miss many notes (around 1 in 10!!) when playing them at the actual speed. As for Un Sospiro, I've been playing for a month, and can get through about half of the etude without mistakes.  If I'm lucky, of course.  Cry

So, basically what I would like to know is which one is better for an intermediate amateur?  I'd like to pick just one for studying purposes, as I haven't got enough time for both. ><

Any suggestions would be helpful, thanks!

On an unrelated note, what do you guys think about Haydn's Piano Sonata, H. XVI?

question Liszt: "Un Sospiro" or HR #12
November 11, 2010, 08:11:36 AM by presto agitato


Do you guys think that HR#12 is harder than "Un Sospiro"? Why?

I really like to know your points of view about this.


xx 'Scholarly' articles on 'Un Sospiro'
November 01, 2010, 04:50:21 AM by nanabush

Hey all,

Does anyone know of any articles that discuss Liszt's etudes in specific?  I need to take some scholarly stuff and somehow write an essay about why I disagree with it.  I narrowed my topic to something regarding 'showy' music and 'musical' music.  I found in the books I've used so far that a lot of people only want to talk about the virtuosic elements in Liszt's music (and I can see from most forum posts about Liszt that most people are concerned with the technical difficulty in his pieces).  I'm going to try squeezing out an essay about how people dismiss the musical elements in his music and possibly his initial intentions writing it, and that some scholars only really look at that one dimension of his stuff.

The essay is a load of BS, and most people in my class agree.  First of all, the guidelines say we have to discuss a piece from 1800-1850 that we HAVE played, and that we have to disagree with the sources we are using.  It's really tricky because usually the books/articles have info that I agree with  Wink

If anyone knows of any online sources that I could use that would be great; even a book I could grab from amazon or something would be awesome.  I've taken out 5 or 6 books and each only have little bits and pieces about 'Un Sospiro' (the piece I decided to use).  I'm just looking for something more concrete that really goes more in depth than "Un Sospiro is a showman's piece that involves fast notes and crossing of hands".

Thanks a ton, because I'm out of ideas haha

question Three questions about Liszt's "Un sospiro"
October 28, 2010, 04:21:10 AM by presto agitato


I know many pianists who play this piece, but they play it etiher too fast or very flat.

In my opinion, this is the most beautiful piece Liszt wrote and it is not easy to play at all.
All those jumps, arpeggios and chromatic scales make it very challenging. Besides, you need to have a very good cross hand technique.

What's your opinion about this piece?
What makes it so challenging?
How long did it take you to learn properly?


xx Liszt Un Sospiro
September 18, 2008, 04:03:00 PM by yw1935

Rachel's playing

xx Un Sospiro
May 11, 2008, 08:22:05 AM by johnnyb76

Hi, I'm currently learning this piece and am having some trouble with the alternating broken octaves in measures 13-20. I'm sorta... "getting there" but it's taking quite longer than I'd like. I've been playing through the rest of the piece and it's pretty straightforward, albeit a pleasant challenge.

However, the aforementioned section really makes me cringe Angry

I don't see how I could possibly practice this hands-separate since there's so much involved and intricate choreography between the hands. Could anyone who has finished the piece shed some light on how they managed this part? Thanks in advance Smiley


xx [VIDEO] Liszt Un Sospiro
April 25, 2008, 12:55:15 AM by jlh

Here it is... I finally finished the DVD from my recital last year.  This is one of the pieces I played in the second half.   Smiley


Hope you like it!

question Liszt - Un sospiro
September 25, 2007, 10:36:38 PM by lik21

Dear all,

This is a recording of a girl, I have met recently.
She studies piano at university, but she has no self-confidence at all, which is strongly setting back her career.
I almost know nothing about classical music, and I have just started to listen to it due to her influence. So, I cannot judge her performance. Therefore, I would like to ask for your help, to make some feedbacks on her music. And if there are any positive feedbacks, I will tell her, because she really needs others' acknowledgement. She says her performance is rubbish. I hope it is not...

Sorry for the bad quality of the recording, but i have only this one.

Thanks for your feedbacks.

xx Recital Recording - Liszt Un Sospiro
March 06, 2007, 02:01:57 AM by jlh

Masters recital, 02.20.2007:

Fourth set:

Liszt - Un Sospiro

Comments appreciated!  Smiley

Edit: mp3 replaced

xx Un Sospiro fingering question. ( Edit: Never mind) (Edit: no, wait, do mind!)
July 13, 2006, 10:39:29 PM by lagin

In bar 30 of this piece, after the octave trill like thing in bar 29, which hand does what on that arpeggio thing that goes up and down for the next half a page?  If stems up equal right hand and stems down equal left hand then am I to assume that the left hand starts it with that low F followed by a few notes in the right hand, and then the left hand does all the rest of it for the remainer of the bar?  If that's the case then poor left hand!

How is it suppost to be?

Edit:  I found some videos on youtube, and apparently the right hand carries the load for most of that bar, so it's exactly the opposite of what I thought.  Good thing I checked!

xx Liszt vs. Chopin (Don't worry, it's not what you think it is)
July 08, 2006, 06:42:51 AM by lagin

My teacher said I could pick between Liszt's Un Sospiro, or Chopin's op. 25, no. 1

Voting time!  (Note, one does not know how to make a poll sadly, but please vote anyway!)

xx Liszt - Un Sospiro
June 25, 2006, 01:26:03 PM by jlh

This is from a recital I did in St. Louis in 2005. 

Comments/critiques always welcome!

EDIT:  I was dissatisfied with this recording because the audio was so hot it was distorting and it was REALLY annoying, so I remastered the file from the original WAVs and it sounds much better -- I even included the footsteps in the beginning and the applause at the end Grin -- I was so proud of them for waiting so long to applaud.  Of course, I can't do anything about those darn notes that were weighted weird (The Db was too loud and the Eb was too soft on this piano -- follow the melody line and it will be apparent what I mean.  I compensated for it, and since I was able to warm up on that piano I was ready for it, but it was a distraction to say the least).     --why am I making excuses?? We all know what Liszt said about pianos... Roll Eyes

Take another listen, and see if it's easier to listen to now...  Cool


xx sheet music for Un Sospiro
August 24, 2005, 04:34:20 PM by jehangircama

can someone please post the unsospiro sheet music.  thanks

xx Un Sospiro help
July 29, 2005, 02:34:40 AM by jz_rach2

currently i am working on Liszt's Un Sospiro and will need to have it beautifully learned and memorized for my next piano lesson this coming Thursday. i'm doing this because my coming lesson will be the last lesson i have with my piano teacher: i am moving on to a higher level with an university prof. but that's not my point, i just learned Un Sospiro about 2 weeks ago and i'm still having troubles playing the last 2 pgs without having to stop. does anyone have any suggestions on how exactly to practise it in such a short period of time?? i also have 2 music exams(history and counterpoint) coming up =( so it looks like i'll only have a few hours a day. this is important, though, that i play well on my last lesson. i'm doing this for my piano teacher and also myself. i love un sospiro. can anyone help??
thanks..  Smiley

xx Liszt Un Sospiro
July 08, 2005, 05:32:12 AM by jlh

Here's a live recital recording of Un Sospiro I made in St. Louis this last April.  I first learned this piece about 7 years ago, and liked it so much that It's been revisited a few times. 

xx Liszt - Un Sospiro
May 16, 2005, 06:49:19 PM by erak

I was very tired when recorded this, enjoy.

xx 'Un Sospiro' please help
March 09, 2005, 05:46:39 AM by Ludvig_Van_Me

I REALLY need help on this bit:


Ive tried differing techniques but can'y get it, seeing as I don't have a teacher could someone help me with what fingers on their respective hands to use when and on what note........

I need someone to help me through it like....1st note, left hand little finger... second note, left hand, third finger etc.

You see I don't want to start with my own technique that turns out to be wrong and I end up getting my fingers tied in knots.

what is the 'real' way of playing this bit? If there is a real way.

Thank you, any help appraciated

xx Another Un Sospiro question
October 02, 2004, 07:28:42 PM by Ludvig_Van_Me

I am having trouble with this bit:


I don't know the fingering but most importantly which hand goes where.

Can anyone help?

Thanks Smiley

xx Liszt's Un Sopsiro Cadenza Fingerings
February 14, 2004, 07:37:16 AM by Sketchee

Any suggestions?  Especially the left hand I can't find good fingerings for the left hand that suit me in this piece. Please help.

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