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Dr Ian Pace, ‘Preliminary notes on the Beethoven-Liszt Symphonies: topics of transcription, and para-timbral virtuosity’. Chaired by Dr Shay Loya.
In 2020, I planned a series of concerts featuring all nine of Liszt’s transcriptions of Beethoven’s Symphonies for solo piano, alongside a variety of works old and new which existed in some relationship to these. The COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown forced the postponement of this series, though I still hope to proceed with it in 2021-22. In this talk, I consider this important subsection of Liszt’s work, discuss distinctions between earlier and later versions of the transcriptions of some of the symphonies and situate them within the development of his transcription output as a whole. Furthermore, I present some preliminary thoughts on how one might arrive at a taxonomy of Liszt’s modes of transcription from orchestra to piano, cross-referencing other of his transcriptions of works originally for orchestra, and draw upon ideas from topic theory, here applied to modes of transformation rather than fixed musical archetypes, in order to lay down some foundations for an expansion of the work of Márta Grabócz in her important study Morphologie des oeuvres pour piano de Liszt. This will include consideration of ways in which Liszt employs particular forms of virtuosity to mirror aspects of orchestral timbre.
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