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HN558

Wagner-Liszt: Isoldens Liebestod from "Tristan and Isolde"

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    1. Composer: Franz Liszt
    2. Fingering: Franz Liszt
    3. Editor: Dominik Rahmer
    4. Instrumentation: Piano
    5. ISMN: 979-020180558-0
    6. Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
    7. Pages: 14
    8. Urtext / Critical Edition

    The epochal piano virtuoso Liszt made numerous transcriptions for his instrument of works by other composers – Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, a key nineteenth century work, naturally numbered amongst them. His congenial rendition of the famous closing scene ("Mild and leise, wie er lächelt") for the piano is, incidentally, the source of the title that we are so familiar with today, "Isoldens Liebestod" (Isolde's Love Death) – Wagner himself only spoke of Isolde's "transfiguration". The text of this final scene can be found in an appendix to the edition.