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Symphony No. 9 Transcription By Liszt Mvt. 4 [3of4]

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Published on Jul 7, 2008

[UPDATE: Wow! Never thought I'd get 1/100 the views on these videos thank you! As for the sheet music I will try my best to provide what I can, I was in high school when I made this video so I had time to send all you wonderful patrons sheet music. But seeing as my job keeps me busy it's much harder to keep track but I will try my best. May I suggest going to (IMSLP dot org) and seeing if you can find the sheet music there. As for the MP3 I'm terribly sorry but the files are too large to send via email. Maybe one of these days I will do this entire symphony into one video so as to make it convenient for everyone! Anyways enough talking, thanks again for your views, comments, and ear for music. Cheers!]

Beethoven's Symphony Nr. 9 Mvt. 4 transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt.

Performer: Cyprien Katsaris

History: Franz Liszt the great piano player during the 1800's had transcribed every Beethoven symphony for piano, because he believed that one piano and 10 fingers could produce the same sound that a full orchestra could. He also was in love with Beethoven's works especially his symphonies.

When he started transcribing the ninth symphony Liszt ran into a problem in the 4th Movement, he did not know how to implement the choral parts into the music.

"After a great deal of experimentation in various directions, I was unable to deny the utter impossibility of even a partially satisfactory and effective arrangement of the 4th movement. I hope you will not take it amiss if i dispense with this and regard my arrangements of the Beethoven symphonies as complete at the end of the 3rd movement of the Ninth." -Franz Liszt




But then only a few months later Liszt had figured out a way to implement the choral section, accomplishing what he thought would be impossible. The Symphony transcriptions that Liszt did are so revered that they are considered to be their own works rather than transcriptions; please I hope you enjoy this interpretation of Symphony Nr. 9 Mvt. 4.

"The range achieved by the pianoforte in recent years as a result of progress both in playing technique and in terms of mechanical improvements enables more and better things to be achieved than was previously possible. Through the immense development of its harmonic power the piano is trying increasingly to adopt all orchestral compositions. In the compass of its seven octaves it is able, with only a few exceptions, to reproduce all the characteristics, all the combination, all the forms of the deepest and most profound works of music. It was with this intention that I embark on the work which I now present to the world."
-Franz Liszt

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