Liszt: Sonata in B Minor

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 1996 - Music - 89 pages
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Liszt's B minor Sonata is now regarded as his finest work for piano, and one of the pinnacles of Romantic piano music. This book, written by a pianist who has performed the Sonata extensively, includes a survey of Liszt's early attempts at sonata composition and clears away some of the persisent myths regarding program music in Liszt's output. The central chapters, built around an analysis of the B minor Sonata, discuss various interpretative approaches, while the concluding chapter treats the performance practice and performing history of the work. This is the first book to elucidate this ground-breaking piece for the general reader.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Forms and formulae
8
Orchestral sonata forms
22
Understanding the Sonata in B minor
28
Programmatic interpretations
29
Musical analyses
31
Text and texture
49
From manuscript to printed text
58
Performances and pianos
65
Performance practice
73
The compositional legacy
79
Notes
83
Select bibliography
85
Index
87
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Kenneth Hamilton is pianist-in-residence and senior lecturer in music at the University of Birmingham, UK. A virtuoso pianist with an international reputation, he is also an authority on Liszt and has a special interest in nineteenth-century performing techniques. He is the author of the Cambridge Music handbook Liszt: Sonata in B Minor.

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