Virtuosity and the Musical Work

The Transcendental Studies of Liszt

Virtuosity and the Musical Work

This book is about three sets of etudes by Liszt: the Etude en douze exercices (1826); its reworking as Douzes grandes etudes (1837); and their reworking as Douzes etudes d'execution transcendante (1851). It is also a book about nineteenth-century instrumental music in general because the three works invite the exploration of features characteristic of the early Romantic era in music. These include a composer-performer culture; the concept of virtuosity; the significance of recomposition; music and the poetic; and the consolidation of a musical work-concept.


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"First and most obviously, this is a landmark study of an important group of works and the genre to which they belong, both of which continue to enjoy substantial popularity and a problematic reception. Second, Samson has offered a beautifully crafted model for a critical, contextual, cultural, and above all musical musicological study; as its subject is a body of Liszt etudes, so it is a study of nineteenth-century etuding. It is to be hoped that it is broadly influential in our discipline, because the balances it finds are rarely reached with this kind of elegance." Notes


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Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Book Award 2004 - Winner

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