Carl Maria von Webers Polonaise brillante Op. 72, S455
Liszt made his delightful arrangement of Weber’s Op 72 Polonaise brillante
for piano and orchestra by the end of 1851. He also issued at the same time a version for two pianos and the present version for piano solo; all follow the same basic text. Whereas the transcriptions of the Jubelouvertüre
and the Konzertstück
adhere completely to Weber’s text, that of the Polonaise
is somewhat freer: Liszt begins with an introduction derived from Weber’s own introduction to his Grande Polonaise
, Op 21, transposed up a semitone, and continues with forty bars of fantasy upon themes of the polonaise which is to come. Then, apart from the occasional embellishment, things proceed in a similar manner to the original until the coda, which Liszt extends by just a few bars.
from notes by Leslie Howard © 1998