G'day. Liszt did not compose operas. I am also thinking of deleting Les Deux Boursiers as it was never performed. (Manon was his first big hit, and is still his most popular opera, although the dances from Le Cid and the exquisite Meditation from the 2nd act of Thais are concert favourites.) I think we should add the cantata, David Rizzio, if only because it was his successful Prix de Rome work. AlanE 15:20, 28 September 2008 (EDT)
- First take a look here: http://www.midi-classics.com/p1572.htm
- This is enough to consider him related to operas, that is what they mean, I think, but it is open to discussion, OK?
- Liszt wrote (among thousands of piano pieces - they fill over 90 CDs!) opera transcriptions. That is, he wrote piano versions of certain tunes from certain operas. Some of them are famous - the Spinning Chorus from The Flying Dutchman for example, and parts of Rigoletto. They are just that...piano versions of tunes. He also did Schubert and bits and pieces of Bach. Joshua Bell has arranged Gershwin songs for the violin. It doesn't make Joshua - as wonderful as he is - part of the "Great American Songbook". Sarasate arranged certain well-known tunes into his "Carmen Fantasy". Greig did a great little piano version of Bach's "Sheep may safely graze" but it isn't a cantata. And every man and his band arranged Mozart arias in the late 1700s early 1800s for wind band...they called it harmonie music, but opera it ain't.
- Um, why are some of the works in bold print? AlanE 14:44, 29 September 2008 (EDT)