In 1954, the Liszt Society (in association with Schott and Co.) published Two Pieces in the Hungarian Style
from a manuscript in Weimar which bears no title. That edition prints the two unfinished pieces in reverse order to that of the manuscript, and provides the B flat minor piece with a rather rhapsodic ‘concert ending by Louis Kentner’. With best respects to the Liszt Society, and with undiminished admiration for the wonderful artistry of Mr Kentner, it has been decided here to restore the original order of the pieces, affix a title which more nearly corresponds to their character and period (they were composed at some point around 1840, and thus are roughly contemporary with the Marche héroïque dans le genre hongrois (Heroischer Marsch im ungarischen Styl)
, and they bear obvious musical kinship to that imposing work), and supply conclusions that maintain the style and dignity of the extant music. The first of the Deux marches dans le genre hongrois
—a stately slow march in D minor, full of Hungarian ornamentation—breaks off at bar 54, and shows several changes of heart about the composition of the last episode. What seems clear enough is that the original theme must return for its third statement, varied and ornamented at a more florid level than the second appearance. To this end, the present writer has supplied a further twenty-one bars to conclude the work. The manuscript of the B flat minor piece, like that of its companion, contains no tempo direction, dynamics or other performance indications. It seems reasonable to conclude that this is another noble march, full of pictorial Hungarianisms. This march is so close to being complete—the whole structure of varied reprise of march and trio sections, with coda, is plainly all but finished – that only five bars were added to bring the piece to a conclusion.
from notes by Leslie Howard © 1998