Compositions
Franz Liszt

(1811 - 1886)
Franciscus Liszt was born in Raiding in eastern Austria, where his father Adam Liszt was a manager on the Eszterházy estates, and had been a cellist in the palace orchestra when Haydn was Kapellmeister. Adam took his amazingly gifted young son first to Vienna to study with Czerny (piano) and Salieri (composition), then to Paris. Aged 15 when Adam died, Liszt was already famous as a pianist of mesmerising virtuosity and musicianship. The 1830 Paris revolution established Liszt’s republican political sympathies. Further radical influences were the music of Berlioz, Paganini’s violin playing, and friendship with the maverick Catholic Abbé Lamennais. A relationship with the older (and married) Countess Marie d’Agoult necessitated the couple’s elopement to Switzerland and Italy, where their three children were born (their daughter Cosima was to become Wagner’s second wife). When the River Danube disastrously flooded in 1838, Liszt’s fundraising concerts awoke a proud awareness of his Hungarian roots. The next years of concert touring thrilled audiences from Ireland to the Ukraine, with Liszt performing a formidable repertoire, ranging from Handel to Chopin besides his own music.

Composition timpani and percussion requirements

Faust Symphony

Timpani + 2 percussion
1) clash cymbals, 2) triangle
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Hungarian Fantasy

Timpani + 3 percussion
Triangle, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum
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Hungarian Rhapsody No 2

Timpani + 4 percussion
1) glockenspiel, (shared), xylophone, 2) snare drum, sleigh bells, glockenspiel, suspended cymbal (shared) 3) clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, 4) orchestral bass drum, triangle
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Les Preludes

Timpani + 3 percussion
1) snare drum, 2) clash cymbals, 3) orchestral bass drum
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Mayerling - Ballet

Timpani + 3 percussion
1) snare drum, tenor drum. glockenspiel, sleigh bells, crotales C, C#, D#, tubular bells Db, Gb, Ab, Bb, tambourine, triangle, tam tam, 2) clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, triangle, tam tam, snare drum, 3) orchestral bass drum, triangle
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Piano Concerto No 1

Timpani + 2 percussion
Triangle, clash cymbals
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Piano Concerto No 2

Timpani + 1 percussion
Clash cymbals
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