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MUSI 6345: Liszt, Midterm Exam: Review Sheet

The Midterm Exam is scheduled for October 12. It will cover all of the material listed on
the class syllabus, sessions 1-14, except for Totentanz.

Part I: Listening
8 listening examples, each worth 5 points (40 points)
1. one title; 2. one genre; 3. decade; 4. historical context; 5. stylistic features
Each example will be approximately 1 minute long.
Each example will be played once followed by a one-minute pause.
All the examples will then be played in order without pause.

Part II: Short IDs

8 terms, places, people, etc., each worth 6 points (48 points)
For each ID: Define or identify the term, place, person, etc. AND associate
it/him/her with one title, genre, decade, historical context, stylistic features.

Part III: Essays, 2 questions, each worth 20 points (40 points)

Take-home essay questions are due October 12. A hard copy is due at class time.
Also save both essays in one file and submit it via the turn-it-in link in
Blackboard by class time.

Essay 1: In an essay of 750-1000 words, discuss the following cluster of


What circumstances and people contributed to Liszts development into a virtuoso

of formidable technical accomplishment at an early age?
What influences (again, plausibly, circumstances, compositions, and people) were
responsible for transforming him from a merely brilliant technician into an
artist-poet of the piano?
And how are these two sets of circumstances evident in some of the compositions
he wrote in each of these phases or facets of his career?

Essay 2: In an essay of 750-1000 words, discuss various musical topics or

semiotic conventions in the relevant compositions on the course syllabus. Are
all of the relevant compositions programmatic in some way, or are there
some that are abstract? What subjects did Liszt choose to depict? What
musical conventions and techniques did he use to depict them?

All of the listening selections for the midterm exam are available online.

1. Go to the UH Music Library Homepage:

2. Under Music Resources, select Naxos Music Library (you will be prompted
to provide your ID information)
3. On the light blue bar that runs horizontally across the screen, select Playlists
4. Click on the Bertagnolli folder
5. Select Liszt Seminar I
6. Choose the music you want to hear
7. Remember that the database has a limited number of users.

Annes de plerinage: Deuxime anne, Italie: Bach
Sposalizio, Dante Sonata Beethoven
Annes de plerinage: Premire anne, Suisse: La Bellini
chapelle de Guillaume Tell, Valle Belloni
dObermann Berlioz
Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Schubert-Liszt) Bihari
Diabelli Variation Blandine Liszt
Die Lorelei (sometimes spelled Loreley) Caroline de Saint Cricq
Etude en douze exercises, nos. 7. 9. 10. 12 Cherubini
Etudes dxcution transcendante: Mazeppa, Chopin
Chasse-neige Clara Wieck
Grande fantaisie di bravura sur la Clochette de Cosima Liszt
Paganini Czerny
Gretchen am Spinnrade (Schubert-Liszt) Daniel Liszt
Harmonies potiques et religieuses (original Daniel Stern
character piece) Dante
Harmonies potiques et religieuses (collection): Diabelli
Bndiction de Dieu dans la solitude Enfantin
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3 in B-flat major Erard
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 in A minor, Rkcy Esterhzy
March Eusebius
O! Quand je dors Fay
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, selected Ftis
passages Field
Sept Variations brillantes sur une theme de Rossini Florestan
Six Grandes etudes de Paganini, no. 1 George Sand
Symphonie fantastique, 3rd movement Goethe
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, 3rd-4th mvmts. Harriet Smithson
(Beethoven-Liszt) Heine
Un Sospiro from Trois etudes de concert Homer
Genres Hummel
character piece Maestro Raro
concerto Magyars
etude Marie dAgoult
fantasy Montes
lied Par
lied transcription Paganini
orchestral transcription Princess Belgiojoso
rhapsody Rkczky
romance Raphael
sonata Reicha
theme and variations Ries
Robert Schumann
People Rossini
Adam Liszt Salieri
Anna Maria Liszt Schiller
Schubert left-hand pizzicato
Stradal Lisztomania
Thalberg literal transcription
Victor Hugo Lorelei Rock
William Tell Love and Death
macabre scherzo
Terms Magyar
augmented triad martial dotted rhythms
ballad memorization
Beethoven Monument mimetic figuration
bel canto modal
binary form Nlida
broken strings nocturne
cadenza open form
Calvinism partition de piano
canon pastoral
cantabile melodies pentatonic scale
chorale or hymn plainchant
chromatic mediants polonaise
chromatic scales problematic nationality
cimbalom program music
compressed multi-movement form Rkczy March
consecrating Kiss rapid repeated notes
Conservatoire recitative (instrumental)
conservatory religions place in society
continuity (movements without pause) ritornello
cross-hands technique+ Rossini Rummel
cyclical form rubato
Divine Comedy Saint Simonism and its ideas
Don Sanche Schusterfleck
double escapement action scordatura
double and triple stops sequence (harmonic)
elfin scherzo series form (a.k.a. enumerative form)
emperor concerto servile role of artists
free transcription solo recital
French military march stasis of nature equated with spiritual peace
5/4 meter strophic form
friska storm
fugato Sturmmarsch
gnie oblige Sword of Honor
Glanzperiode thematic transformation
Habsburg Monarchy third relationships
harp-like effects thirds
high string positions three-hand texture
hymn-like textures through-composed form
ide fixe transposition
improvisatory travelogue
interlocking octaves tremolos
in league with devil triangle solo
interlocking octaves tritone
irregular barlines turning piano
kalindra scale typhoid fever
key schemes of cycles tyrolienne
lament unmeasured
lassu unstable primary theme
leaps wandering
Well-Tempered Clavier
whole-tone scale
wide leaps


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