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Hussitenlied, S234
composer
1840; Liszt believed the melody to be 'aus dem 15. Jahrhundert'
composer
Hussite hymn; melody used as the theme for the film The Bohemian Girl

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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Details
Track 8 on CDA66787 [6'49]
Track 8 on CDS44501/98 CD30 [6'49] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Hussitenlied, S234
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Liszt apparently believed the Hussite hymn upon which the Hussitenlied is based to be of rather more ancient origin than it transpires to be. Noting that the melody is by Josef Theodor Krov (1797–1859) we may dispense with Liszt’s continuation of the title as ‘aus dem 15. Jahrhundert’. English audiences and film buffs will possibly recognize the tune readily enough, since it served Balfe so well in The Bohemian Girl and transferred to the silver screen in the unlikely hands of Laurel and Hardy. Krov wrote the tune as a drinking song, but in no time it became a patriotic Bohemian anthem. Liszt was not alone in believing it to be a Hussite chorale, and wrote his excellent elaboration of it for his first concert tour to Prague in 1840, where it won all hearts. Liszt begins with what he terms a ‘Version littérale’, which in the first edition is printed in small text and may apparently be omitted. But it makes a fine introduction to the fantasy proper, and is included here.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1994

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