Franz Liszt
Transcendental Etudes
S. 139

About Franz Liszt's Transcendental Etudes

Some may be surprised to learn that when revising the 12 Grandes Etudes from 1837 into the Transcendental Etudes, Liszt made several simplifications - they certainly still pose enormous technical demands on the player.
Liszt also added programmatic titles to most of the pieces. The fourth study, Mazeppa, generally thought to be the most difficult piece of the set, is named after an historical person, Ivan Mazepa, page in the court of the Polish King John Casimir, whose fate was made famous by poems of Byron, Pushkin and Victor Hugo.
Mazepa became entangled with the wife of a nobleman, and for this he was punished by being tied naked to the back of a wild horse and dragged all the way to Ukraine.
Liszt later expanded and orchestrated the Étude to become the sixth in his cycle of symphonic Poems.

Preview TitleKey Year Level
1. Transcendental Etude: Preludio  S . 139 No. 1  in C Major by Liszt piano sheet music AAB 1. Transcendental Etude: Preludio 1 C Major 1851 8+
2. Transcendental Etude: Molto vivace (Fusées)  S . 139 No. 2  in A Minor by Liszt piano sheet music AAC 2. Transcendental Etude: Molto vivace (Fusées) 30 A Minor 1851 8+
3. Transcendental Etude: Paysage  S . 139 No. 3  in F Major by Liszt piano sheet music AAD 3. Transcendental Etude: Paysage 17 F Major 1851 8+
4. Transcendental Etude: Mazeppa  S . 139 No. 4  in D Minor by Liszt piano sheet music AAE 4. Transcendental Etude: Mazeppa 8 D Minor 1851 8+
5. Transcendental Etude: Feux Follets  S . 139 No. 5  in B-flat Major by Liszt piano sheet music AAF 5. Transcendental Etude: Feux Follets 33 B-flat Major 1851 8+
6. Transcendental Etude: Vision  S . 139 No. 6  in G Minor by Liszt piano sheet music AAG 6. Transcendental Etude: Vision 24 G Minor 1851 8+
7. Transcendental Etude: Eroica  S . 139 No. 7  in E-flat Major by Liszt piano sheet music AAH 7. Transcendental Etude: Eroica 11 E-flat Major 1851 8+
8. Transcendental Etude: Wild Hunt  S . 139 No. 8  in C Minor by Liszt piano sheet music AAI 8. Transcendental Etude: Wild Hunt 2 C Minor 1851 8+
9. Transcendental Etude: Ricordanza  S . 139 No. 9  in A-flat Major by Liszt piano sheet music AAJ 9. Transcendental Etude: Ricordanza 27 A-flat Major 1851 8+
10. Transcendental Etude: Appassionata  S . 139 No. 10  in F Minor by Liszt piano sheet music AAK 10. Transcendental Etude: Appassionata 18 F Minor 1851 8+
11. Transcendental Etude: Harmonies du Soir  S . 139 No. 11  in D-flat Major by Liszt piano sheet music AAL 11. Transcendental Etude: Harmonies du Soir 6 D-flat Major 1851 8+
12. Transcendental Etude: Chasse-Neige  S . 139 No. 12  in B-flat Minor by Liszt piano sheet music AAM 12. Transcendental Etude: Chasse-Neige 34 B-flat Minor 1851 8+

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