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Après une Lecture du Czerny? Liszt’s creative virtuosity

Hamilton, Kenneth ORCID: 2020. Après une Lecture du Czerny? Liszt’s creative virtuosity. Doran, Robert, ed. Liszt and Virtuosity, Eastman Studies in Music, New York: University of Rochester Press, pp. 41-92. (10.2307/j.ctvxhrkq3.6)

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In recent decades several scholars have convincingly located elements of Liszt’s compositional technique in the training in improvisation that he undertook with Carl Czerny.¹ Carrying on from this, we might now ask, What did Liszt actually improvise on when his subject was not a musical motif handed to him by his teacher for practice or a selection of tunes suggested by his audience, picked out from a vase with a flourish as the climax to a concert? Was he inspired to initial extemporization, and subsequently to written composition, by “airy nothing,” by potent yet nebulous “poetic ideas” stimulated by recollections...

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Publisher: University of Rochester Press
ISBN: 9781580469395
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2022 12:22

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