How Franz Liszt’s Transcriptions Shaped the Path of Classical Music

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The song “Coro di festa e Marcia funebre” from another one of Verdi’s operas, Don Carlos, inspired Liszt to write a transcription of that as well. As pianist Joyce Hatto said about Don Carlos, “Liszt…managed to convey the main ingredients of the vast score in about twelve minutes flat. All the great tunes are there, or suggested in some instances...
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All the great tunes are there, or suggested in some instances.” Liszt also transcribed many violin caprices. He was immediately awestruck the moment he saw violinist Nicolo Paganini play. It was really Paganini’s playing that inspired Liszt to the greatest heights of virtuosity and showmanship. Liszt stated clearly that he wanted to do for the piano what Paganini had done for the violin, and went on to transcribe many violin caprices into the Paganini Etudes...
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