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Topic: Liszt Mephisto Waltz  (Read 2679 times)

Offline rohansahai

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Liszt Mephisto Waltz
on: February 20, 2004, 02:34:52 AM
Is this piece highly overrated in terms of technical difficulty? I mean it has all the octaves, thirds, some virulent arpeggios, even glissandos, but still is not as difficult as some of the others in the repertory. What's your opinion.
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Offline Beet9

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Re: Liszt Mephisto Waltz
Reply #1 on: February 22, 2004, 03:55:49 AM
I haven't played many pieces by Liszt, but I have seen the score for the Mephisto Waltz no.1, and it doesn't look excessively difficult when compared with pieces like the transcendental etudes, which I think are more difficult.  
But besides the technique, I think that the lyrical middle section takes a lot of emotional energy.  Well, in general the whole piece does.  
But you're right, it's probably not the most difficult thing he wrote.  Still, I wouldn't attempt to play it unless I was a technically and emotionally mature pianist.
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Re: Liszt Mephisto Waltz
Reply #2 on: February 22, 2004, 07:13:42 PM
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Is this piece highly overrated in terms of technical difficulty?

Nope.
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