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Rákóczi-Marsch 'version populaire', S244c
This is one of the versions of the Rákóczi-Marsch. Although Liszt made several ostensibly simplified and scaled-down versions of quite a number of his piano pieces, he never seems to have understood sufficiently the technical range of the average amateur. So, whilst many difficulties are removed, other rough places are not really made plain, and such things as the ‘version populaire’ of the Rákóczi-Marsch never quite fulfil their vaunted object. As ever, Liszt cannot help but add tiny harmonic, melodic or rhythmic details which differ from the concert versions of the piece—and this text is only one of seven for solo piano which survive complete.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1995

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