Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies

December 2, 2004 at 08:21 AM · My mom is a virtuoso pianist and I took a look at the Franz Liszt Klavierwerke Ungarische Rhapsodien I. It is !*INSANE*! Its like when Fritz Kreisler heard Jascha Heifetz "We should now all break our violins upon our knees." Hearing a midi of the 2nd Rhapsodie i could barely follow it sight reading......

Replies (8)

December 2, 2004 at 04:49 PM · I totally agree. How can anyone write or 'hear' such difficult pieces when most of us can't even look at the music feeling dazed?

Utterly Amazing...

December 2, 2004 at 05:36 PM · i've arranged the second for violin, but obviously transposed it to a more agreeable key than f# major

December 2, 2004 at 06:13 PM · Andrew,

There is a great DVD of Georges Cziffra playing Liszt that is so jaw-droppingly incredible that it will make what Heifetz can do look easy...


December 2, 2004 at 08:30 PM · My 5 year old son is taking piano lessons. He is being taught in such a way that sharps and flats will hold no special difficulty for him; in fact, he is being taught to play in minor keys first.

December 2, 2004 at 10:03 PM · carl, what is this dvd?

December 2, 2004 at 10:25 PM ·


December 2, 2004 at 11:17 PM · Hello, I'm new to posting here but have been enjoying following many of the discussions for weeks now. I am a pianist/pipe organist (mediocre) and my 10 year old daughter is a violin student showing wonderful promise. I have a comment and a question: first, I remember learning early on that much of Liszt's music was so difficult that only he could play it! Secondly, I am teaching my daughter to play the piano and would love to know the technique being used with the 5 year old that begins playing in minor keys. It's very interesting watching her musical development in piano and violin (rapid learning periods and plateaus in both).

December 3, 2004 at 05:08 AM · I heard once that Liszt's 6 Grand Etudes (of which La Campanella is one) were the etudes intended to provide technique for the Hungarian Rhapsodies.

I love La Campanella, personally; it's wonderfully fun to play and hear. Playing it without missing notes, on the other hand, involves practicing with eyes closed, and that is not as fun....

Sorry for getting off topic. I'm a little tired, and I just saw "Liszt" and went off on a tangent..

This discussion has been archived and is no longer accepting responses.

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Email is made possible by...

Shar Music
Shar Music

Pirastro Strings
Pirastro Strings

JR Judd Violins
JR Judd Violins

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases
Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases

2023 Authenticate LA: Los Angeles Violin Shop
2023 Authenticate LA Shopping Guide Shopping Guide


Metzler Violin Shop

Southwest Strings

Bobelock Cases

Johnson String Instrument/Carriage House Violins

Jargar Strings

Bay Fine Strings Violin Shop


Los Angeles Violin Shop


String Masters

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins

Laurie's Books

Discover the best of in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews. Interviews Volume 1 Interviews Volume 1, with introduction by Hilary Hahn Interviews Volume 2 Interviews Volume 2, with introduction by Rachel Barton Pine