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Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp Minor

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Franz Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsodies :
Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 2
Hungarian Rhapsody  No. 2  in C-sharp Minor by Liszt piano sheet music
Key: C-sharp Minor Year: 1847
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (3052 kB)

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xx Hungarian Rhapsody no.2 (Full) by Franz Liszt
October 31, 2013, 01:43:20 AM by ubermc721

Recorded via Roland Hpi7F (GOOD digital piano ~$7,000)
I've been playing for about 6.5 years (I'm 13, started when I was almost 7). I've practiced this piece for 11 months (About 250 hours). I'm not finished yet, but I'm posting this out here to see what I can improve on. It's a fairly accurate reflection (I messed up on the spots I typically mess up on).
Give me some good suggestions below!  Cheesy

xx Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 Question
January 11, 2011, 10:58:32 PM by edo_binoo

hi i have a question about this piece
how do you play the 6ths in the friska and how do you get fast and light in the begging 4 pages of friska thanks

xx Sheet music : Hungarian Rhapsody n°2 (Franz Liszt)
December 23, 2010, 10:52:51 PM by gorgonzola89

Hi everybody,

I'm trying to learn how to play this wonderful music, but I have some problems in this part :


Can you please help by showing me how to play it ?

Thanks for paying attention.

xx Hungarian rhapsody no 2 alternate cadenzas
December 01, 2010, 03:13:00 PM by 54545

I have found and played some of the alternate cadenzas Liszt wrote for the Hungarian rhapsody
 no 2 for his pupil Lina Schmalhausen and Toni Raab. Why doesn't anyone play them in live performances or add them in recordings? I think they are as good as the principle text, maybe even better.

What are your opinions?

xx VIDEO: Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan
November 27, 2010, 08:19:19 AM by grouchomarx

Any feedback appreciated, especially regarding technique or lack thereof:

Recorded with audacity from digital piano (roland hp305).
Keep in mind that I'm self though and have been playing for about 1,5 years, so don't expect anything too good.


smiley A new cadenza for Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody n 2
September 11, 2010, 09:59:27 PM by vitocofano

Hello!!! I'm a new member.


xx Hungarian Rhapsody 2- velocity scales
August 13, 2010, 06:08:17 PM by jehangircama

This piece has been a project of mine for quite some time now, and I think I've sorted out most of the technical issues. But I just cannot play the scale runs (A and F# major) before the finale at full speed, I think I'm at about 70% of what's required.
I've been trying things like 'grouping' a few notes, say 3 or 4 together, and trying to use my arm in an almost wavy motion to connect different groups, but am not getting very far with anything. I've obviously never come across a section at this speed before. Can someone give me an idea on how to work this through? Thanks a lot.



thumbup Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 (Horowitz' Arrangement)
October 31, 2009, 11:28:00 PM by xiaomai

I have a new video of Horowitz' arrangement of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 on my YouTube page here:


and also an arrangement of Mozart's Turkish March by Volodos as well.

Enjoy Smiley

xx Hungarian Rhapsody no2 Friska critique (if you want) also other questions/help..
July 20, 2009, 05:06:10 PM by mjin1

Hello. I started playing the piano when i was very young, but my practice was inconsistent and I didn't start taking it seriously until about 3 years ago. I started taking lessons about 2 and a half years ago. I spent about a year and a half working tirelessly on the friska of Hungarian Rhapsody no2 because I really enjoyed the song. This is the culmination of my efforts:


PS: Most other videos on my youtube were done quite a while ago, so don't judge my playing from the rest of them, haha. I haven't gotten around to redoing the castlevania pieces.

Please be nice with your criticism, this is nowhere near a perfect run through of this piece. I spent the most time on the beginning of the piece, with all the fast repeating c#s, then i spent a great deal of time on the repeating c#'s using your pinky in your right hand. I believe these passages to be the most difficult of the entire piece to get up to a very fast tempo. The ending octaves did not come out as fast as I'd hoped, but I admittedly neglected them for the beginning of the piece. I simply spent all of my time doing those beginning passages.

While I plan on getting the piece cleaner and faster in some areas, I'm satisfied with how this run through turned out.

That being said, I haven't played the piece in around 4 months or so, because it was just stressing me out way too much. By the time I took that video in january, it would make me sick to think about sitting down and practicing it. Around early March, I decided to take my teachers advice, and give it a long rest so that it will hopefully get better when I bring it back in the future.

I've been working on the 6th Etude of the Grandes Etudes de Paganini since March, and it's been quite different, but still very difficult. I thought it would be a step down from the rhapsody, and while it may not be as fast, it's still grueling (I'm looking at you, variation 6.)

Anyways, one of my main problems is that I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. and I know everybody says that, but mine is very real. I have had it my entire life, and it has caused me great distress. Well ever since I've started concentrating on very technical piano work, it seems to have leaked into my practice and it's really messing with me..... Sometimes now I cannot tell what I'm even playing because i'm  so worried about if my technique is right. Even if i may get the notes right, I worry about how my hands feel, and often end up not even sure what I played just 2 seconds ago. i'm probably going to find a doctor for this, because it is insanely difficult to deal with, but I wanted to ask if it really matters if I leave a slow repitition not perfect as my last repitition for a certain passage? I read about how important the 'last repitition' is in slow practice, and ever since then, I always get stuck doing the last one because i always think I am messing the technique up.. And not even something technical either.. I've sat there playing a G minor chord for an extra 30 minutes because I wasn't sure if i was pressing down the notes at the time.. ..... surely it's OCD, i know, but I still want to know what you guys think about 'the last repitition' being so important, and if it would be ok just to leave it alone even if it wasn't perfect.

Thank you.

xx Listz-Hungarian Rhapsody #2
January 31, 2009, 12:16:09 PM by nick

comments welcomed! Poor quality piano, and had to do it in 2 parts.



xx question about Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no.2
December 27, 2008, 02:50:44 PM by communist

according to Richard Kastle everyone fakes the split octaves and at one part they put there hands underneath each other meanwhile they are supposed to put them next to each other.

for everyone who plays this, do you fake it?

xx Cadenza: Hungarian Rhapsody
December 16, 2008, 05:45:00 PM by smiggy

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C# minor - Liszt

There is a cadenza at the end of this piece. I would quite like to look into playing a cadenza. I'm not sure what the rules are on writing cadenzas or playing other peoples for this piece.
Could someone give me some knowledge on what to do and some background knowledge on Cadenzas as a whole please?


xx Hungarian Rhapsody 2 help ( again ) strange technique ..
August 18, 2008, 04:37:37 PM by mjin1

Hi. Ive been working on this piece for around a year now, and there's not alot left that gives me much trouble.. Everything is near up to speed, it's just a matter of cleaning it up a little for the parts that I haven't practiced as much.. Except this one part.

It's very close after the main theme of the friska, where you are going back and forth very quickly hitting a high C# with 5... Now, the problem is, playing this part at an acceptable speed isn't the hard part, the problem is playing the top C# quietly and still hearing the other part of the right hand. Apparently, according to my teacher, liszt seems to have written this part (Deliberately or not) inbetween where a piano has dampers or not, to I guess demonstrate how much control you have with 5.

So what I'm saying is, the top C# that you have to hit when jumping back and forth rapidly over an octave has to be quiet, yet, it has no dampers, so it's very VERY easy to hit it loudly, and infact alot of performers and recording artists do hit it loudly..

My question is, how in the hell do you go about learning this with any consistency? Ive had moments where I'll just do it totally relaxed and it works perfectly, but other times I cannot get myself to not bang the top key no matter how little my 5 moves.. .....

Is it just alot of slow practice, or is this a technique that just takes years to build up? It seems like you have to be completely relaxed.. like I'll try it just straight from taking a break from the piano, full speed, and it'll be fine. I think it's because I'm relaxed, because I'll try and do it again.. and it'll become less and less quiet the more I play that part.. so I'm guessing my hand is tensing up.

Just so you know, I started taking lessons about this time last year, however I've been playing piano ever since I was like 4. .. not with much consistency until the last couple of years. My teacher says there is no way that I'd be able to have as much success on this piece without having a fair amount of talent, though she says for this specific delicate 5 technique that it takes a number of years to get it that way, though, i'm hoping I can learn it within a couple of months if I practice right.

What do you guys think? Any suggestions?

xx How can i play Lizst Hungarian Rhapsody no 2 ???
August 03, 2008, 11:06:48 AM by erlanmozart

i have a lot dificulty to play the last part of this song....
And also 2 minute before the last part...
How i make it flow like a water Huh

xx Liszt Rhapsody No. 2 arranged by Maxwell Eckstein
July 04, 2008, 05:37:43 PM by marsippius

This is a version of myself playing Main Themes from Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt, as arranged by Maxwell Eckstein.  I played this in public recently.

The piano is an approximately 85 year old Kurtzmann upright tuned recently but
'wore out' you know lol.

I recorded this using a small microphone and a Windows pc, using Audacity.exe .
Audacity can export as *.mp3 .

I am my own worst critic of course, but would appreciate professional comments.  I have returned to piano studies after several years, though I studied as a youngster and I have a few semesters of college level studies.

I am currently taking a break from piano lessons, which will continue in a few days from now.

Please enjoy this version of Rhapsody No. 2; thanks.


question Franz Liszt-Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
May 25, 2008, 04:41:38 AM by learner of liszt

I am learning this piece as part of my summer repertoire, and I have a question concerning the Lassan: after the first fast run (going from G# above middle C to a very high E down to several B's) it goes through about 16 measures, then does to measures of trills. After these trills, there is a section of 6 measures of 32nd notes. I have a lot of trouble playing this part, and I was wondering if anyone had any advice.

xx La Campanella or HR Nr. 2
January 12, 2008, 09:01:54 PM by shadow88

I'm a big Liszt Fan and as next piece I want to play La Campanella or the Hungarian Rhapsody Nr. 2 (Not the Horowitz Arangement).
Which piece is harder to play? Or are both same difficulty?

xx Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 suggestions
January 04, 2008, 04:38:09 PM by mjin1


So here's a little background before I ask my question..

I've been playing the piano ever since I was little, however, never really seriously. My parents never made me practice, and I never really liked it.. Until about 2 years ago. I started playing the music from the "Castlevania" video game series by ear, on the piano.. Somehow found out about the Romantic composers, which brought me to Liszt. Well, after about a year, pretty much every Castlevania song would come easily to me and I got bored with them.. so I got my courage up and started to learn the second Hungarian Rhapsody(From the start of the Friska.)

About the time I started learning it is when I started taking lessons, which I'm very thankful for.. My teacher is a former student of Dr Suzuki, and she really has helped my technique on this song. I've been working on the correct fingering for the song for about... 3 or 4 months, and I can, at times, play through the first 6 pages of the Friska with great speed, something very close to the way marc andre hamelin plays it. Though I generally try to slow it down to the way other performers play it just for consistency.. Of course, having worked so hard on this song, my teacher is baffled that I even am able to get this far with it. She says I can actually play faster than she can.. haha. My only regret is that I didn't start real practice earlier in my life.

Anyways, my questions/concerns are these:
 I can't play through this consistently like I want to. I know it takes time due to it's difficulty.. and there are other factors. It's always cold in my house so my fingers suffer from that.. and a piano tuner has said my piano hasn't been 'regulated' in way too long, so apparently he says certain keys won't repeat quick enough or play pianissimo consistently due to the felt and hammers or something like that. We're gonna get that looked at. However..

What are some ways to solidify this very fast technique? I'll have certain days where I am unstoppable, I can almost play through it with my eyes closed and without any stress in my hands or arms, then the other days It'll be the complete opposite. I can't make any speed and I run out of stamina way early. I'll admit, over the months it is getting better, but slowly..and I think I am the level of player to be able to accomplish this. But..

Are there certain practice techniques for this type of really fast and difficult song that is just better to solidifying it or does it really just take alot of time, given my experience? Thanks.

PS. I don't really know what kind of student I am since I can play advanced level songs, but I haven't really been in lessons that long.. I just posted this question on this forum since I think higher level people would be more familiar with it.

xx Question about Hungarian Rhapsody 2, bar 35 - 40
December 28, 2007, 03:49:03 AM by fiasco

I'm having a difficult time working out these measures, I'm practicing without a teacher and can't tell exactly what to do bginning with bar 35:  LH plays a low G, then rolls a D-G-D-B#.  Over this RH plays G-B#-G-B#.  Now, is the left hand faster, is the D-G-D played during the same time as the first two RH notes, or are all these notes played together?  I'm having a hard time even practicing these slow, esp. measures 39-40, it doesn't seem to sound like anything slow.  Should I learn both hands seperately then just throw them together and hope for an automatic pilot thing?

xx Liszt best compositions
November 09, 2007, 12:39:19 PM by frigo

The highest: hungarian rapsody no.2, piano sonata...

xx Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 - Live recording (and video)
January 12, 2007, 11:25:40 PM by donjuan

This is from that same June 10 concert as the Ballade No. 2 recording I uploaded previously (http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,22178.0.html).

The performance was... well... I'm sure you can tell by the moments of memory lapse that it was a long evening and my brain was tired  Tongue

*April 12 update:* video:
part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8DlwYG_xE4
part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ir9brtz-Dc

xx Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
December 24, 2006, 11:20:00 PM by faj

Not a perfect performance, but I think it's listenable.
Comments, advice etc are most welcome.


xx Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No 2
November 02, 2006, 01:18:04 AM by thehkchik

Hey all,

I'm a piano major working on this Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No 2.
Very fun piece... but so difficult to play!
Anyone have any advice on playing his runs evenly?
Or just any other specific advice that was very helpful to you?
I'm open to anything.


smiley Rhabsoody hungroise No.2
June 16, 2006, 10:44:54 AM by ayad

http:// i'm playing this peace..some advises?

xx I want to play Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2
February 05, 2006, 08:15:58 PM by emmdoubleew

That peice is like, the biggest inspiration in my piano and non-piano life. Right now though, I'm 16yrs old (high-school Junior), a level 5 going 7 (skipping a level) and I wondering when I'd be ready to start working on it efficiently. As in i'm not struggling and spending a week on each line to get it.

Right now I'm playing: Viennese Sonatina 1st Mov. (Mozart), Mazurka in F Major (Chopin), Nocturne in C# minor Posthumous (Chopin), Bagpipes (Bartok, this is the hardest piece I'm playing). All except the nocturne are in preperation for the CM test.


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