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T ISZT was a great lover of the music of the gipsies of Hungary, and made a number of their tunes into Rhapsodies-a a term he used, so he said, because he felt that it best expressed the epic element in the gipsies performances. In his book ' The Gipsies and their Music in Hungary ' he gives a stirring account of such performances. Most of his twenty Rhapsodies were composed on his return in 1839 from a tour abroad, on which occasion a sword of honour was presented to him by Hungarian nobles. They were Piano solos, and Liszt later arranged some for Piano duet, and orchestrated a few.
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