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Bagatelle sans tonalité, S216a

composer
circa 1885

 
The reference to the Faust legend is maintained throughout all of the Mephisto music, but the seventy-year-old Liszt’s Mephistopheles is a grimmer, more unrelenting figure than that of the Faust Symphony or the Mephisto Waltz No 1. The Bagatelle sans tonalité (what a title, in 1885!) and the Mephisto Waltz No 4 remained unpublished for eighty years. It’s not certain exactly when the Bagatelle was written, but since it bears (confusingly) the title of Fourth Mephisto Waltz it must postdate the Third. Whilst the piece is not especially dissonant, it is certainly very wayward in any kind of feeling for a tonal centre and ends with an upward-rushing set of diminished sevenths.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1986

Recordings

Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 1 – Waltzes
CDA66201
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
CDS44501/9899CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Liszt: Piano Music
LISZT12CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Details

Track 12 on CDA66201 [2'23]
Track 12 on CDS44501/98 CD20 [2'23] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 13 on LISZT1 CD2 [2'23] 2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for LISZT1 disc 2 track 13

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-86-20112
Duration
2'23
Recording date
25 October 1985
Recording venue
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Liszt: Complete Piano Music (CDS44501/98)
    Disc 20 Track 12
    Release date: February 2011
    99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
  2. Liszt: Piano Music (LISZT1)
    Disc 2 Track 13
    Release date: August 2001
    Deletion date: July 2010
    2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
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