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The Cambridge Companion to Liszt


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Katharine Ellis, Alexander Rehding, James Deaville, Kenneth Hamilton, James M. Baker, Anna Celenza, Monika Hennemann, Reeves Shulstad, Dolores Pesce
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  • Date Published: September 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521644624

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  • This Companion provides an up-to-date view of the music of Franz Liszt, its contemporary context and performance practice, written by some of the leading specialists in the field of nineteenth-century music studies. Although a core of Liszt's piano music has always maintained a firm hold on the repertoire, his output was so vast, influential and multi-faceted that scholarship too has taken some time to assimilate his achievement. This book offers students and music lovers some of the latest views in an accessible form. Katharine Ellis, Alexander Rehding and James Deaville present the biographical and intellectual aspects of Liszt's legacy, Kenneth Hamilton, James Baker and Anna Celenza give a detailed account of Liszt's piano music - including approaches to performance - Monika Hennemann discusses Liszt's Lieder, and Reeves Shulstad and Dolores Pesce survey his orchestral and choral music.

    • An up-to-date view of Liszt for the non-specialist
    • The first book on Liszt to provide such comprehensive coverage
    • Invaluable chapters on performance by one of the foremost exponents of the piano music
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… a reliable survey of most of Liszt's music … concise and thought-provoking, too.' BBC Music Magazine

    '… a timely intervention in Liszt scholarship, bringing together leading scholars to present an overview of Liszt's vast and diverse oeuvre. … a valuable addition to the burgeoning Liszt literature.' The Times Literary Supplement

    '… a rewarding study of a fascinating romantic artist.' Reference Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521644624
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 20 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The romantic artist Katharine Ellis
    2. Inventing Liszt's life: early biography and autobiography Alexander Rehding
    3. Liszt in the twentieth century James Deaville
    4. Liszt's early and Weimar piano works Kenneth Hamilton
    5. Liszt's late piano works: a survey James M. Baker
    6. Liszt's late piano works: larger forms James M. Baker
    7. Liszt's piano concerti: a lost tradition Anna Celenza
    8. Performing Liszt's piano music Kenneth Hamilton
    9. Liszt's Lieder Monika Hennemann
    10. Liszt's symphonic poems and symphonies Reeves Shulstad
    11. Liszt's sacred choral music Dolores Pesce.

  • Editor

    Kenneth Hamilton, University of Birmingham
    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.


    Katharine Ellis, Alexander Rehding, James Deaville, Kenneth Hamilton, James M. Baker, Anna Celenza, Monika Hennemann, Reeves Shulstad, Dolores Pesce

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