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Liszt: Sonata in B Minor

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Franz Liszt :
Sonata   in B Minor by Liszt piano sheet music
Key: B Minor Year: 1853
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (6499 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Autograph manuscript (10408 kB)

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xx Scarlatti Sonata in d minor k. 9 (Bonus - Liszt Sonata practice excerpts)
July 09, 2011, 11:27:31 PM by furiouzpianist

I am preparing this Scarlatti Sonata for an upcoming recital (which will also in include Beethoven Waldstein, Liszt Valse Melancolique and the Liszt Sonata in B minor)

I also included some excerpts from the Liszt Sonata that I recorded.

I will record the entire Liszt Sonata tomorrow and post it here.

xx Favorite Sonata in B minor interpretations? suggestions?
June 20, 2011, 06:48:45 PM by mjin1

I really think Andre Watts's interpretation of this piece is awesome, but I'm trying to find a few other interpretations to listen to.

I keep reading that Evgeny Kissin's interpretation is awesome, has he recorded this piece? I can't seem to find a CD of his with Sonata in B minor on it.

Any other interpretations you guys like of Liszt's Sonata in B minor?


question Liszt's Mephisto/Sonata B minor
October 22, 2010, 07:02:08 AM by horowitz05

Which piece do you find easier? Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No. 1 or the B minor Sonata?

xx Rethinking the Liszt Sonata
October 15, 2010, 01:11:55 PM by djealnla

This will probably spawn a big argument and infuriate many people.  Cool  Roll Eyes Discuss:


xx My thoughts on studying Liszts B-Moll sonata part 1
September 03, 2010, 01:48:13 PM by mila5405

Its a very challenging work. Unfortunately im not so gifted that I can play through the whole piece an make music. No this sonata turns me into an underdog struggling with every page every measure. Liszt is very straightforward , no suppressed feelings like chopin, no drama behind the curtains its up and down like a rollercoaster.
Ive got the Edition Peters Edition
Page 1
No so technically demanding but hard to interprete the 7 first measures. Something evil lurking in the dark or walk over a graveyard. I know that Liszt read a lot of litteratur. Im not that familiar whith Goete, Schiller Hartmann Nietche so im thrust my instincts instead. Its like a good old Greece Drama with Good  Evil Love Passion Hate Backstabbing and comtemplative feelings . A fairly good mix to makew this sonata intresting.

Page 2
This page lays easy under the hand. I neccessary to no to reach the climax prematurely, so you really have to begin in piano with intensity.
The last 3 measures of the page calls for attention. Follow the pedalmarks, good balance between right an left hand, the big leap in the left hand between second last and last measure etc. Here the metronome is a good support!

Back with more if someone inrested!/mike

xx Alkan's Sonata and Liszt's Sonata: Similarities
August 28, 2010, 05:46:15 AM by orangesodaking

There are some similarities between the second movement of Alkan's Grande Sonate Op. 33 (1846) and Liszt's Sonata in B Minor S. 178 (1853). I explored these and made a video comparing some parts I found similar.

I'm not saying Liszt totally ripped Alkan, but I am fairly certain that these are not coincidences.


xx Two Big Sonatas
April 14, 2010, 01:30:47 AM by chopianist123

I was wondering, in your opinions is Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata or Liszt's Sonata in B Minor more difficult to tackle technically? How about Musically?

Which of these two great sonatas do u prefer personally?

Thanks for your answers.

xx .
March 29, 2010, 01:13:45 PM by trumofo


xx 3 sonatas: chopin 3, Rachmaninov 2, and liszt
October 24, 2009, 02:00:33 PM by franz_

3 giant sonatas. But which one is the less hard, technically?

xx Liszt Sonata in B minor - HELP ME PLEASE
July 14, 2009, 01:09:44 PM by fenz

I'm learning Liszt Sonata in B minor now. The term 'non legato' in bars 240 and 255 confused me. Is it mean that the right hand in bars 240 until 254 and the left hand in bars 255 until 276 play 'a little staccato' (sorry, I don't know exactly term of that)? And how about bar 277? Is the right hand play legato again or still non legato?


Thanks for your help,

xx .
June 02, 2009, 06:16:53 PM by mkaykov


question Chopin Sonata or Liszt Sonata - which is harder?
April 02, 2009, 11:15:42 AM by ivoree


I just read this blog by Stephen Hough. Quite interesting! Not sure I agree though ...

xx Fingering in Liszt Sonata Passage
November 10, 2008, 07:02:17 AM by jbb

I think anyone studying this piece will have a different section that is most difficult for him or her.  For me, I found the alternating arpeggio section beginning at m. 40 to be elusive in terms of the left hand.  I see several alternatives for the fingering:

   E D B G E D B G E (or B A F# D B A F# D B)
   1 2 3 5 1 2 3 5 3
   1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 3

or, take the first E with the RH chord (BGE played with 542), then play the D with the thumb of the right hand and the LH arpeggio as:

   B G E D B G E
   1 2 4 1 2 4 5

I find the first (1235) difficult because my pinky is somewhat short, the second a bit of an uncomfortable stretch (particularly for the second arpeggio) and the last the most comfortable but am concerned with the break in the RH. 

I'm curious as to what people here who mastered this passage have used.

I can offer the hint that in the passage that follows beginning at m. 51, it's much easier (at least for me, to get all the notes to sound consistently) to take the first note of each group of eight RH notes with the left hand.

xx Re: Top 5 Best Piano Songs of All Time
September 24, 2008, 12:37:03 AM by michel dvorsky

Bach - Goldberg Variations
Schubert - Wanderer Fantasie
Chopin - Ballade 4
Liszt - Sonata
Alkan - Festin D'Esope
Scriabin - Sonata 5

xx Liszt Sonata
March 04, 2008, 05:23:43 AM by ralessi

Hey all! Been a while since I have been around, hope everyone's holiday season was a good one.  Anyway, I have been out of school for a while, which has given me some great "me" time, and I have started working on the Liszt sonata.  Saying starting working on the sonata actually does not even begin to describe what I did.  I COMPLETELY immersed myself in the piece collecting any recordings possible, reading the wonderful "Liszt Sonata in B minor" book, any analysis of the piece I could find (which weren't many), and really just ANYTHING I could find about the piece of music.  It truly is one of the greatest/most important pieces of music written, given all of the circumstances.  Anyway, does anyone have anything on the piece at all they would be willing to share with me? Only finding 1 good analysis accompanied by a few articles and things really is uncool and I want so much more than what I have.  Anything at all would be so greatly appreciated.  Another question that I have is; Does anyone know of a publishing of the piece with Liszt's own marking/fingerings? Thanks for any help!


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

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

xx Liszt Sonatas
August 13, 2007, 02:03:42 PM by dtox

I'm looking for Liszt Piano Sonatas, but i can't find them on the web...

I really need your suggestions


xx Liszt Sonata
July 16, 2007, 06:30:58 PM by piano32

pretty good Liszt sonata on youtube (great videowork)

Funny wrong octave after a while...

xx Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor
May 14, 2007, 10:24:25 AM by etudes

recorded Live
I gladly want to hear all critics and compliments (if there is one)
I was very nervous (it was my second performance of this sonata in my entire life) and the piano was so damn hard to play  Undecided

and a bit slow  Cool
this post is dedicated to the great koji attwood (so da THRAC plz hear this!) in order to keep Cziffra's spirit alive!


xx For Gold members: Liszt's B minor Sonata autograph
December 23, 2006, 10:56:25 PM by donjuan

Liszt's original manuscript of the B minor sonata is available to download for Piano Street Gold members. 

I checked it out, and I tell you:  it is an amazing experience listening to the recording while reading Liszt's note scribbles.  Somehow, the music makes so much more sense, following the original sheet music.  It even includes Liszt's fingering and whole sections that were crossed out.  Going through it really paints a picture of the man and makes him seem so much more human than legend.

If you can, I strongly suggest you download it!  Smiley

xx Liszt Sonata Manuscript
December 19, 2006, 11:15:48 PM by dnephi

Well, I am not requesting it, as it is in the gold member's section: but let's discuss it!

I have been told that he changed the kind of paper he wrote upon as time went on.  Also, I am aware of the grandiose ending he chose, and near the end of the piece where another motive could have very easily been kept, but was taken out.  K. B. Hamilton said he was tempted to add it back in himself...

Daniel  Grin

Thanks for the edit, admins, and for the link to the sonata.

xx Alexei Grynyuk - the Octave Marvel
November 23, 2006, 07:09:54 PM by opus10no2

Amazing, no?

Liszt Sonata climatic Octave section -


Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no6 climatic Octave section -


xx Liszt Sonata
November 21, 2006, 03:31:03 PM by dnephi

How difficult, technically, is the sonata?  According to the amateur Van Cliburn blog, two of these were played in the same day on the finals (45 minute programs).

When I watched it, they seemed very showy and rather difficult, not to mention my opinion on its musical value.  Where do the difficulties arrive?  Are they technical, or, as Duchable feels (http://youtube.com/watch?v=NhrlOyFhrOA) are they easily handled after developing one's "technique base."  Then, it would be musically extremely difficult. 

Discussion has been done here: (http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,20287.0.html)


xx Horowitz Liszt Sonata
November 11, 2006, 11:08:23 PM by dave santino

Just heard this, and it's completely floored me and risen straight to the top of my list of best performances. The power, passion and subtlety of this interpretation are stunning, I don't know if it's just me, but after listening to this, it's like listening to the piece for the first time again. It's made me totally re-evaluate how I'll approach the piece. Just had to say something, sorry if it's a bit inane.

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