Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

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Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt (trans. Clark McAlister; ed. Alfred Reed)

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General Info

Year: 1853 / 2002
Duration: c. 10:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: LudwigMasters Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


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Program Notes

The Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, written in 1853, is the most famous of his 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies. Originally composed for piano solo, the second rhapsody was among those that were later transcribed for orchestra and, later, band. It owes its familiarity today to the extensive use of its themes in films and animated short features.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp minor, S.244/2, is the second in a set of 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies by composer Franz Liszt, and is by far the most famous of the set. In both the original piano solo form and in the orchestrated version this composition has enjoyed widespread use in animated cartoons. Its themes have also served as the basis of several popular songs.

The Hungarian-born composer and pianist Franz Liszt was strongly influenced by the music heard in his youth, particularly Hungarian folk music, with its unique gypsy scale, rhythmic spontaneity and direct, seductive expression. These elements would eventually play a significant role in Liszt's compositions. Although this prolific composer's works are highly varied in style, a relatively large part of his output is nationalistic in character, the Hungarian Rhapsodies being an ideal example.

Offering an outstanding contrast to the serious and dramatic lassan, the following friska holds enormous appeal for audiences, with its simple alternating tonic and dominant harmonization, its energetic, toe-tapping rhythms, and breathtaking "pianistics".

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

  • North Carolina: VI


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  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Ensemble (David Plack, conductor) – 5 October 2022
  • University of Wyoming (Laramie) Wind Symphony (Robert Belser, conductor) – 26 September 2019

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