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Liszt Ferenc: Christmas Tree (Nos 1-12)

Edited by Sulyok Imre, Mező Imre
Setting: Piano
Series: Separate editions from the New Liszt Complete Critical Edition
Genre: Christmas music
Length: 56 pages
Format: 23 x 30 cm
Weight: 160 g
Published: 1982
Publisher: Editio Musica Budapest
Item number: 12316
ISMN: 9790080123164
Liszt completed Weihnachtsbaum (Christmas Tree), a collection of twelve short piano pieces, in 1876. Two years earlier he laid out its concept in a letter to Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein as follows: ''These will not be learned or ostentatious works, but simple reflections of my youthful emotions which remain indestructible across the trials of the years.'' Weihnachtsbaum belongs among the handful of compositions by Liszt that turn towards the world of children and, at least in part, reflect their emotions.

Five pieces of the collection are arrangements of Christmas carols of various origins. The remaining character pieces were written using themes by the composer himself. Liszt dedicated Weihnachtsbaum to his eldest grandchild Daniela von Bülow, whose correspondence with Liszt suggests an especially close relationship. The ceremonial first performance took place at Christmas of the same year: Daniela visited her grandfather in Rome, who played the gift he had intended for her.

This edition adopts the score and the critical report of the New Liszt Edition (amending it, if necessary). In addition, it includes a preface in German and English, that explores the genesis of the work on the basis of current research, and orients the reader in issues of notation.

Contents

1.
'Psallite' - Old Christmas Song
2.
O holy night - Christmas Song of the Olden Time
3.
The Shepherds at the manger (In dulci jubilo)
4.
Adeste fideles - March of the Three Holy Kings
5.
Scherzoso - Little Scherzo 'Lighting the Tree'
6.
'Carillon' - Chimes
7.
Slumber song
8.
Old Provencal Christmas Song
9.
Evening Bells
10.
Old Times
11.
Hungarian
12.
Polish
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