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Tarantella di bravura d'après la Tarantelle de La muette de Portici d'Auber, S386i
composer
1846; first version
composer
1827/8; Masaniello, ou La muette de Portici

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 50 – Liszt at the Opera V' (CDA67231/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 50 – Liszt at the Opera V
Buy by post £20.00 CDA67231/2  2CDs  
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
Buy by post £200.00 CDS44501/98  99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
Details
Track 4 on CDA67231/2 CD1 [10'38] 2CDs
Track 4 on CDS44501/98 CD45 [10'38] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Tarantella di bravura d'après la Tarantelle de La muette de Portici d'Auber, S386i
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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

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