Dane Aubrun replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Franz Liszt
"I took the starting view that if Liszt in his earlier days was declared superfirical composer it was simply because he was also a showman and the contemporary repertoire held nothing that allowed him to show off. He had to compose. He had the…"
Jan 7, 2019
Randy Kim replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Franz Liszt
"Liszt was a very interesting composer; there's a reason why he's also one of my favorite composers (maybe 4th-5th). He does have plenty of "show off" pieces (like Hungarian Rhapsodies No.2 and No.6, as well as his etudes)  that show his virtuosity.…"
Mar 12, 2018
Ryan Hofmann replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Franz Liszt
"I love Franz Liszt's works, although I'm a pleb and listen to the orchestral versions.  I have found good recordings of the Hungarian Rhapsodies on piano though.  I usually skip No. 2 because that is the most overused one.  It isn't a comeplete set…"
Aug 24, 2017
Bob Morabito replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Franz Liszt
"Of the three compositions mentioned above-Totentanz, the B minor Sonata, and the Rondo fantastique I feel the Sonata is the most impressive musically of all. For me this musicality basically boils down to virtuosity, but only in servitude to musical…"
Jul 18, 2017
Nate Fain replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Franz Liszt
"Lol. The German music discourse remains ever so quaint. The 'objective' evidence of what? Sure, you can measure stretches (that's where the 'objectivity' lies, I suppose). Let's take it for grated that you are correct, anyway, about the stretches in…"
Jul 18, 2017
Fabian Frost replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Franz Liszt
"Nate Fain said:
I'm not sure why you'd say that Rondo is Liszt's most difficult work. I would say the Sonata in B minor would be the hardest, musically, whereas some of the transcriptions/paraphrases/arrangements are definitely more challenging in…"
Jul 17, 2017
Marek Domagała replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Franz Liszt
"Gnomenreigen is among my favorite piano compositions. I respect the man's astounding performance capabilities, though as far as his actual compositions go, I'm still yet to get familiar with Franz's works. "
Jul 16, 2017
Nate Fain replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Franz Liszt
"I'm not sure why you'd say that Rondo is Liszt's most difficult work. I would say the Sonata in B minor would be the hardest, musically, whereas some of the transcriptions/paraphrases/arrangements are definitely more challenging in terms of…"
Jul 16, 2017
roger stancill replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Franz Liszt
"Fabian, I would find it difficult to rank Listz. Obviously a creative genius and virtuoso,
but somehow, at least to me, in a class different than Bach and Beethoven and Mozart
and Hayden and others etc.
I think it is that element of 'performance…"
Jul 14, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Franz Liszt
"Liszt wrote some amazing music and a whole lot of crap. The Sonata in b minor is beautifully composed, pianistically amazing, attractive and moving music. So is Un Sospiro. The Prelude and Fugue on BACH for organ is a fine work. Having said that…"
Jul 14, 2017
Fabian Frost replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Franz Liszt
"Dave Dexter said:
I don't really listen to piano music, though I must know some Liszt without knowing it, but Totentanz seems about the worst introduction to him I could personally have! I'm completely unmoved by it. The difficulty of a piece isn't…"
Jun 28, 2017
H. S. Teoh replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Franz Liszt
"My favorite among Liszt's transcendental etudes is Chasse-neige ("blizzard"). It is mostly soft and subdued, but only an incredibly talented pianist can pull off the right effect, because it is also exceedingly difficult to play. :-D  The way…"
Jun 28, 2017
Fabian Frost replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Toccata-esk organ piece
"Steve Chandler said:
Hi Fabian,
The derivation from Bach's d minor toccata was pretty obvious. However, Bach may have been 18 when he wrote his piece but there's a lot more to it than is in yours. Your piece sounds like it was improvised on a slow…"
Jun 12, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Toccata-esk organ piece
"Hi Fabian,
The derivation from Bach's d minor toccata was pretty obvious. However, Bach may have been 18 when he wrote his piece but there's a lot more to it than is in yours. Your piece sounds like it was improvised on a slow day. I agree toccatas…"
Jun 12, 2017
Erwin van Delft replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Toccata-esk organ piece
"Ah, I didn't know about what a toccata was. My theoretical knowledge is terrible.
Well, as I said, I admire what you wrote and played. :)
Looking forwad to the piano piece. :)"
Jun 12, 2017
Fabian Frost replied to Fabian Frost's discussion Toccata-esk organ piece
"Erwin van Delft said:
Hi Fabian,

I've been listening to it and I admire what you wrote (and played?) but in my opinion it's it bit too much of the same. For the rest - but that can be my opinion of course - I miss anything of a melody.

Just my 2…"
Jun 12, 2017
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