Liszt's Representation of Instrumental Sounds on the Piano

March 2019
3 black and white, 45 line illustrations
238 pages
9x6 in
Eastman Studies in Music
ISBN: 9781580469463
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC MUS050000, MUS023030, ART007000

Liszt's Representation of Instrumental Sounds on the Piano

Colors in Black and White

Hyun Joo Kim

Examines Liszt's piano arrangements of music originally created for other instruments, especially the symphony orchestra and the Hungarian Gypsy band.
Liszt's adaptation of existing music is staggering in its quantity, scope, and variety of technique. He often viewed the model work as a source that he strove to improve, rival, and even surpass. Liszt's Representation of Instrumental Sounds on the Piano: Colors in Black and White provides a comprehensive survey of Liszt's reworking of instrumental music on the piano, particularly his emulation of tone colors and idiomatic gestures. The book relates Liszt's sonic reproductions to the widespread nineteenth-century interest in visual-art reproduction. Hyun Joo Kim illustrates Liszt's diverse approaches to the integrity of the music in a detailed, vivid, and insightful manner through close study of his arrangements of Beethoven's symphonies and Rossini's Guillaume Tell Overture, his two-piano arrangements of his own symphonic poems such as Mazeppa and Hunnenschlacht, and his Hungarian Rhapsodies. By examining orchestral music and Hungarian Gypsy-style music as sources of Liszt's sound representations, this book reveals Liszt's musical discourse as straddling the musical, cultural, and aesthetic divides between mainstream and peripheral, art and folk, serious and popular.

HYUN JOO KIM holds a PhD from Indiana University and is an independent scholar in Seoul, South Korea.

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Table of Contents

Approaching the Reproductive Arts
"Partitions de Piano"
Between "Text" and "Event": Liszt's Guillaume Tell Overture
Translating the Orchestra: Liszt's Two-Piano Arrangements of His Symphonic Poems
Interpretive Fidelity to Gypsy Creativity: Representations of Hungarian-Gypsy Cimbalom Playing
Conclusions: Recurring Techniques and Aesthetics
Appendix: Liszt's Preface to his Piano Arrangements of Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth Symphonies in the Breitkopf & Härtel's edition, 1840

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