QUOTE(Mad Tom @ Jan 24 2011, 10:20 AM)
QUOTE(fsharpminor @ Jan 24 2011, 11:48 AM)
I have played absolutely no Liszt at all , on either or piano. What would I give to play his organ piece on B-A-C-H. So I watch this thread with interest for anything Grade 7,8 or Dip on organ or piano thats manageable with out too much practice, that probably means Grade 7-8.
Liszt wrote lots of relatively accessible music. It is not all difficult like "Wilde Jagde" and the first Mephisto Waltz. The Liebestraume, Consolations, and quite a few of the "Harmonies" are not at all difficult. Even the stuiff that takes a lot of work to learn eventually becomes easy and falls nicely under the fingers in a way that the music of other Romantic composers (Brahms, Schumann, ... even Chopin) never does.
For a pianist of your standard you could browse (admittedly slowly for some of it) through almost anything that Liszt wrote and make your own selection. Amongst easier pieces I am fond of Consolation No. 3, and his arrangement of Schubert's "Standchen"
The Liebestraume, in my view, are considerably more difficult than the Consolations...and to play them well, at least for most amateurs...you have to do your homework. Liebestraume#2 is probably the least challenging, but even in that one there is some trickery going on. The first one is possibly my favourite piece by this composer, the ''Liszt trill'' part is especially hard though as is some of the left hand . The third and easily the most popular, has some octave jumps on the fourth page that to execute quickly take some work, the quasi cadenzas have also caused me some grief...As for the Consolations, I've found them to be amongst the most interesting of his compositions, and having more beauty-not to mention substance- than some of his really flashy stuff. Apart from these nine, I recently tried three of Liszts transcriptions of songs: Meine Freude by Chopin, and Lorelei, which i think is his own song, as well as the Schubert Standchen.