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Szózat und Ungarischer Hymnus, S486
composer
circa 1873
composer
Szózat 'Appeal'
composer
Hungarian National Anthem

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 27 – Fantasies, paraphrases and transcriptions of National Songs' (CDA66787)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 27 – Fantasies, paraphrases and transcriptions of National Songs
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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Track 1 on CDA66787 [10'00]
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Szózat und Ungarischer Hymnus, S486
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Liszt’s Szózat und Ungarischer Hymnus combines and elaborates upon two distinct works by different composers—Szózat (‘Appeal’) by Béni Egressy (1814– 1851) and the Hungarian National Anthem by Ferenc Erkel (1810–1893). The piece is strongly bound up with Liszt’s desire in the 1870s to spend a good deal of time in his native country, and is dedicated to Gyula Andrássy, the statesman who helped Liszt to a small degree of security in Hungary with a stipend and the rank of royal counsellor. The work, which was also issued for orchestra and for piano duet, consists of an introduction, Egressy’s melody, a variation upon it, a bridge and then Erkel’s theme, again with a variation, and the triumphant return of the Szózat. The coda recalls the anthem over bass tremolos, and the score is superscribed ‘Ein tausendjährig Leiden fleht um Leben oder Tod!’ (‘A millenium of suffering pleads for life or death!’). The musical connection between the two melodies is finally made very clear as the rising fourth of the anthem yields to the falling fourth of the Szózat in conclusion.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1994

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