Tarantella di bravura d'après la Tarantelle de La muette de Portici d'Auber, S386i
Here is the original version (there is also a ‘second edition’ which is virtually identical to the first, except that it authorizes the elimination at will of the ‘variation’—bars 253–292) with its relentless left-hand octaves in the closing pages. Both versions were published in tandem in the Liszt Society Journal
, 1995. The Tarantella, one of several grand dances in Auber’s popular opera, comes as a central interlude in Act 3. Liszt treats it to an introduction and variations, and then employs the victory chorus from Act 4 (also heard in the overture) to make his coda, ingeniously combining the two themes.
from notes by Leslie Howard © 1998