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The Relief of the Siege of Vienna (detail) (Anonymous Austrian 17th century).
Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna
Track(s) taken from CDA66787
Recording details: April 1993
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: April 1994
Total duration: 6 minutes 49 seconds

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'An entertaining programme … providing the perfect vehicle for Leslie Howard's enthusiastic, colourful playing. His scholarship, as revealed in the liner notes, is remarkable, the recording first class' (CDReview)

Hussitenlied, S234
1840; Liszt believed the melody to be 'aus dem 15. Jahrhundert'
Hussite hymn; melody used as the theme for the film The Bohemian Girl

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Liszt apparently believed the Hussite hymn upon which the Hussitenlied is based to be of rather more ancient origin than it transpires to be. Noting that the melody is by Josef Theodor Krov (1797–1859) we may dispense with Liszt’s continuation of the title as ‘aus dem 15. Jahrhundert’. English audiences and film buffs will possibly recognize the tune readily enough, since it served Balfe so well in The Bohemian Girl and transferred to the silver screen in the unlikely hands of Laurel and Hardy. Krov wrote the tune as a drinking song, but in no time it became a patriotic Bohemian anthem. Liszt was not alone in believing it to be a Hussite chorale, and wrote his excellent elaboration of it for his first concert tour to Prague in 1840, where it won all hearts. Liszt begins with what he terms a ‘Version littérale’, which in the first edition is printed in small text and may apparently be omitted. But it makes a fine introduction to the fantasy proper, and is included here.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1994

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