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Postby Shapley » Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:35 pm

Well, here's the Liszt list I found on line. Unfortunately, it doesn't give a chronology of the pieces. The only work I can find that seems to fit is the Introduction and Variations on Rossini's 'Siege of Corinth', although I can't find an actual date for it to confirm that it was composed between 1832 and 1850.
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Postby Hexameron » Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:50 pm

Well Shapley... the piece is on there but unfortunately they didn't finish its title and label it with the word "variations."

The 30th question is probably the most revealing of them all and I hope somebody follows through and gets this :sing:
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Postby dai bread » Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:31 pm

Morceau de Concert - Grandes Variations de Bravoure pour Piano sur la Marche des Puritains de Bellini, composees pour le Concert de Mme la Princesse Belgiojoso au Benefice des pauvres - by Liszt, with Sigismond Thalberg (1812-1871), Johann Peter Pixis (1788-1874), Henri Herz (1803-1888), Carl Czerny (1791-1857) and Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin (1810-1849)

I'm not sure if Im reading this correctly. It looks like a collaboration, but may just be a list of the composers whose work is being varied. Is this the piece?
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Postby Catmando » Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:46 pm

Is it the "Diabelli Variations"?
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Postby Hexameron » Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:50 pm

Morceau de Concert - Grandes Variations de Bravoure pour Piano sur la Marche des Puritains de Bellini, composees pour le Concert de Mme la Princesse Belgiojoso au Benefice des pauvres - by Liszt, with Sigismond Thalberg (1812-1871), Johann Peter Pixis (1788-1874), Henri Herz (1803-1888), Carl Czerny (1791-1857) and Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin (1810-1849)


AKA Hexameron Variations

Yes dai bread! :keyboard

The Hexameron variations were comissioned by Princess Belgiojoso who had six of the best virtuoso pianists write their own variation on a march theme from Bellini's opera, "I puritani." Liszt, Chopin, Thalberg, Czerny Pixis and Herz all contributed. The six composers, hence "Hex" contributed their variation but never played it together in public. Liszt was the only one who assembled the variations, bridged them together, augmented them, (even taking out some bars from each variation to bettter link them together).

Yes, the work is collaborative and considered a collection of variations by six different composers. But essentially it was Liszt who stitched them together into a complete tapestry and he played them throughout his virtuoso touring days. If you look at any recording or any concert bill back in the 1830s-40s the "Hexameron variations" are attributed as a Liszt composition.

It's such a splendid piece of bravura romanticism; one of my favorite actually and therefore I based my forum name on it. I thought that would have been the obvious indicator, which is why I mentioned the "Purloined Letter." The hardest thing to find is right in the open (my name).
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Postby Catmando » Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:04 pm

Hexameron wrote:It's such a splendid piece of bravura romanticism; one of my favorite actually and therefore I based my forum name on it.

I had never heard of this work Hex. The mystery is now solved!

I've always wondered how you got your name!? :)

Congratulations, dai bread! You win a very special prize for winning the # 50 Anniversary Edition 30Q........................(drumroll)...............You get to do # 51 :crazy:
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Postby bignaf » Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:04 pm

I asl one question and it's perfect. worship me! :neener:
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Postby Hexameron » Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:15 pm

dai bread :#1:
bignaf :#2:
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Postby Catmando » Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:20 pm

Hexameron wrote:dai bread :#1:
bignaf :#2:

Catmando :#3: (for coming up w/ Liszt)
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Postby Hexameron » Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:22 pm

Oh yeah, sorry Cat.

But everyone did a good job :toast:
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Postby Catmando » Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:26 pm

I just can't believe we've already done 50 of these 30Q. :shock: Maybe we should be worshipping Mr. *ignaf :rofl:
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Postby shostakovich » Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:35 pm

Nice going, all.
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Postby bignaf » Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:31 pm

Catmando wrote:I just can't believe we've already done 50 of these 30Q. :shock: Maybe we should be worshipping Mr. *ignaf :rofl:

the reason doesn't matter, as long as you all walk over to the nearest Naf Church, and sacrifice a few of your children in my honor, I'm happy.
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Postby dai bread » Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:18 pm

..."It's such a splendid piece of bravura romanticism; one of my favorite actually and therefore I based my forum name on it. I thought that would have been the obvious indicator, which is why I mentioned the "Purloined Letter." The hardest thing to find is right in the open (my name)."

That's what clinched it for me when I looked through a liszt of compositions.
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Postby bignaf » Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:48 pm

I guessed it was that piece, which is what prompted my question... :rofl:
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