The National Orchestra of Wales
Ronald Harding (Violoncello)
Relayed from the National Museum of Wales
Liszt was a great lover of the music of the gipsies of Hungary, and made a number of their tunes into Rhapsodies-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 Mimic 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.
The National Orchestra of Wales Cellist: Ronald
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