Vive Henri IV
is an arrangement of a French folksong, perhaps as familiar from the closing scene of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty
as anywhere, but the reason for its existence is unknown. All that survives is a fair copy in a copyist’s hand with some annotations by Liszt (his original MS is missing, and the dating is conjectural) from which the Liszt Society first published the piece in 1977.
from notes by Leslie Howard © 1994