1849: Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in Eb major, age 38

Mr. Peabody Says:

Imagine this: Liszt first performed his own concerto at Weimar in 1855, with Hector Berlioz conducting. What an incredible combination! Liszt was renowned as the most electrifying pianist of his time. Berlioz was famous as a conductor throughout the world, No one else could present his own music.

The main themes of Liszt’s first piano concerto are written in a sketchbook dated 1830, when Liszt was nineteen years old. He seems to have completed the work in 1849, yet made further adjustments in 1853. Liszt made yet more changes before publication in 1856. It took 25 years from start to finish.

Martha Argerich

  1. Allegro maestoso
  2. Quasi adagio
  3. Allegretto vivace – Allegro animato
  4. Allegro marziale animato

Richter/Kondrashin

  1. Allegro maestoso
  2. Quasi adagio
  3. Allegretto vivace – Allegro animato
  4. Allegro marziale animato

Instruments:

  • Solo piano
  • Piccolo, Two flutes, Two oboes, Two clarinets in Bb, Two bassoons
  • Two horns in F, Two trumpets in Bb, Three trombones (two tenor, one bass)
  • Timpani, Cymbals, Triangle
  • Strings

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