New facsimile edition of Liszt’s compositions

20 August 2020

A new facsimile volume has been published by the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum and Research Centre (which works as a department of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest) containing manuscripts of seven entire Liszt compositions, several of them in more settings, accompanied by our researchers’ essays.

This group of altogether ten autographs entirely or partly in Liszt’s hand together with manuscripts of copyists and with that of by Peter Cornelius has a great significance not only in the respect of a jumping growth of the Liszt manuscript holdings of the museum, but it provides the scolars new perspectives to get closer to the output of the composer.

All of these autographs are already known, published compositions, since they were in possession of Nándor Táborszky (1805–1893), publisher of Liszt’s late works. Their importance is that the source material to these compositions has been enriched. This volume contains the new, hitherto unknown manuscripts of the following compositions:

A magyarok Istene (Ungarns Gott), Ungarishes Königslied, Dem Andenken Petőfis, Mosonyis Grab Geleit, Puszta Wehmut, Hymne de l’enfant à son réveil, Romance oubliée.

In 2018 the Liszt Research Centre organized a conference to introduce these manuscripts to the public, the material of which in Hungarian has been published on the website of the museum. Most of the studies in this volume are based on these works. All the authors of the book work at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, among them research workers of the Liszt Research Centre: Zsuzsanna Domokos, Ágnes Watzatka, Anna Peternák, Júlia Fedoszov, Lilla Bokor, and professors of the Academy of Music, among them Adrienne Kaczmarcyk and Ferenc János Szabó. The volume was edited by Zsuzsanna Domokos and Kristóf Csengery, and curated by András Láng, director of the publishing house Argumentum. Language editing was made by Paul Merrick, digital photos were made by Miklós Török.

The edition was supported by the National Cultural Fund Hungary and by the Horvath Stiftung by the means of the Liszt Museum Foundation. The book can be purchased in the museum and on the site