Chopin Great Composers pay tribute to other "Greats" Liszt Opera/Vocal

Great composers pay tribute to other “Greats”

UPDATE: Be sure to read the comment from Emiellucifuge  .. and my response.

It’s fascinating to compare “Transcriptions” of one great composers work, with the “original.”  Here are just two examples: Liszt on Beethoven and Chopin on Mozart. Beethovens’ 5th Symphony – first movement. Yeah .. yeah – I know. We’ve all heard it a million times! Still interesting to see what Liszt did with it. And here’s Liszt. I just can’t see the point! To “render” such a masterwork and not really do anything with it. I don’t think it’s the pianist at fault (Glenn Gould) … just wondering why Liszt bothered.

liszt transcription of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony Alegro-con-brio

And then Chopin gives his interpertation on Mozart.

First here’s Mozart’s La di darem la mano from Don Giovanni

la ci darem la mano


Then here are 4 variations Chopin composed for it. At least he did something with the theme! … played around a bit with it!

variation-iii sempre sostenuto


variation ii veloce ma accuratamente


variation i brillante


tema allegretto

  • admin
    March 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Great point! You’re right. I’ve compared apples with oranges here. Won’t do it again!

  • Emiellucifuge
    March 13, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Liszt most likely intended this in order for pianists to be able to play the work, seems fairly obvious to me.

    There is a large difference between a transcripition and set of Variations. Liszts task was to make the symphony playable on a piano and remaining as faithful as possible to the score. Chopin set out to write a completely new piece using mozarts theme as a starting point. They are incomparable really.