Franz Liszt
Mephisto Waltzes

About Franz Liszt's Mephisto Waltzes

Liszt's Mephisto Waltzes were inspired by the poet Nicolaus Lenau's treatment of the Faust legend, in particular the scene where Mephistopheles and Faust arrives at a village inn where people are dancing. Mephistopheles seizes a violin and bewitches everyone with his playing.

The first and most well-known of the waltzes opens with a suggestion of the open strings of the violin. It was originally composed for orchestra (Two Episodes from Lenau's Faust, second movement). The other three were composed toward the end of Liszt's life, in the early 1880s.

Preview TitleKey Year Level
Mephisto Waltz 1  S . 514  in A Major by Liszt piano sheet music AAB Mephisto Waltz 1 S . 51429 A Major 1860 8+
Mephisto Waltz 2  S . 515  in E Major by Liszt piano sheet music AAC Mephisto Waltz 2 S . 51513 E Major 1881 8+
Mephisto Waltz 3  S . 216  in D-sharp Minor by Liszt piano sheet music AAD Mephisto Waltz 3 S . 21610 D-sharp Minor 1883 8+
Mephisto Waltz 4  S . 696  in D Major by Liszt piano sheet music AAE Mephisto Waltz 4 S . 6967 D Major 1885 8+