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Track(s) taken from CDA67414/7
Recording details: December 1998
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: August 1999
Total duration: 2 minutes 10 seconds

Petite Valse 'Nachspiel zu den drei vergessenen Walzer', S695e
composer
? 1884; completed by Leslie Howard
composer
completion

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
It would seem that the unpublished Petite Valse was written some time between the composition of the third and the fourth Valses oubliées, since it is described as a pendant to the three waltzes. The manuscript (in the Goethe-Schiller Archive) is in a terrible state: at some stage it has been torn asunder, both from top to bottom and from side to side – a crime if the deed was not perpetrated by Liszt in a moment of self-doubt, merely a pity otherwise, because the fragment is of that other-worldly nostalgic beauty unique to the gentler works of Liszt's old age. The piece consists of 101 bars of music, and a final change of key signature indicating a return to earlier material. The present writer has completed the piece by adding twenty-five bars, twenty of which are entirely Liszt's, and the last five bars only contain the vanishing spectre of the previous phrase, in imitation of a passage in the Troisième Valse oubliée. This is simply too haunting a piece to discard unheard.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1999

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