The original theme makes a more recognizable return in the "Animato" yet this time much more discreet and quiet, alluding to the horse's waning physical condition. Yet the horse, in an unexpected burst of energy, gallops faster than he has ever before, as illustrated in the "Allegro Decisio," a mind-blowing pianistic feat in which a variation of the original theme is played at a breakneck tempo. Finally, a grandiose finale represents Liszt's interpretation of the last verse of the poem: "il tombe, et se relève roi !" (he falls then rises a king).
Liszt, in his typical custom, indicated a rather odd fingering: the fast successive thirds in the beginning two sections should be played only with the index and fourth finger, alternating hands every two intervals. This fingering hinders speed, is more difficult than moving from the thumb and third finger for the first interval, to the index and fourth for the second interval; and is therefore not used by every performer. However, this fingering is given for specific purposes; it makes the consecutive thirds sound more like a horse by preventing legato and expressive playing and builds strength in the second and fourth fingers. Note that the earlier versions were marked "Staccatissimo."
An earlier version of this piece was published under the same name in 1840 (S.138). However, it was based on the fourth etude from Douze Grandes Etudes (S.137) hence they are more similar to form than the last published version.
LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsodies: Nos. 1(8), 4(10), 10(7), 12(1,3). The Maiden's Wish (Chopin-Liszt),7 My Joys1. Liebestraum No. 3(2,12). Soirées de Vienne: No. 1(2). Paganini Etude No. 2(3). Transcendental Etude No. 4(4). Concert Etude No. 3, Un sospiro, (2 versions12). Benediction of God in Solitude6/ MENDELSSOHN-LISZT: On Wings of Song4/ SCHUBERT-LISZT: March in b5. Ave Maria9. Frühlingsglaube11
Nov 01, 2010; LISZT Hungarian Rhapsodies: Nos. 1(8), 4(10), 10(7), 12(1,3). The Maiden's Wish (Chopin-Liszt),7 My Joys1. Liebestraum No....
CHOPIN: Etudes, op. 10/1-6. BEETHOVEN Sonata in B[musical flat], "Hammerklavier." LISZT Transcendental Etude No. 3, "La campanella." MUSTO Improvisation and Fugue
Mar 01, 2010; CHOPIN Etudes, op. 10/1-6. BEETHOVEN Sonata in B[musical flat], "Hammerklavier." LISZT Transcendental Etude No. 3, "La...