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Track(s) taken from CDA67101/2
Recording details: August 1995
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: November 1996
Total duration: 10 minutes 51 seconds

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Tarentelle di bravura d'après la Tarentelle de La muette de Portici d'Auber, S386iii
version for Sophie Menter; 1869
1827/8; Masaniello, ou La muette de Portici

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Tarentelle di bravura is certainly based on music by Auber (and also includes a further theme from the same work, which Liszt uses as a finale, and then combines with the tarantella), and was written for Marie Pleyel in 1846. Apart from a later edition which cuts an optional variation the piece remained in its original form until 1869 when Liszt prepared a new version. The manuscript outlining the changes is in the Library of Congress under the title Veränderungen in der Tarantella aus der Stumme von Portici [für] Fräulein Sophie Menter and bears in Liszt’s hand the date ‘Rome, September 1869’. These alterations, mainly of texture but incorporating some extra passages and a few harmonic improvements, were published for the first time in a parallel-text edition by the present writer in the Liszt Society Journal in 1995. The piece itself is really an introduction, theme and variations, and finale, much more Liszt than Auber, and is full of the especial pleasure that such works produce when virtuoso pianistic invention is turned to subtle musical account, even in the context of a showpiece.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1996

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