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Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
This paper focuses on the similarities and differences between the two versions of Franz Liszt's piano transcriptions of the Sonetto 104 del Petrarca. Chapter One provides a brief overview of Franz Liszt as a pianist, composer, teacher, conductor, and piano transcriber. Chapter Two discusses Liszt as a song transcriber and includes the titles of some of his important song transcriptions. Chapter Three includes the chronological order of different versions of Sonetto 104 del Petrarca. Chapter Four contains information about the first piano transcription of Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (the 1846 version). Chapter Five contrasts the similarities and differences between the 1846 version and 1858 version of the piano transcriptions of the work, comparing the two versions using the following categories: dynamic and expression markings, accompanying figurations, cadenzas, octave displacement, and the use of rests and fermatas. Chapter Six summarizes the comments of some of the major music critics (Walker, Searle, and Rosen) of the twentieth century; this chapter concludes with the assessment that Sonetto 104 del Petrarca establishes Liszt as a master of transcription.
Yeung, Nam, "Franz Liszt's Piano Transcriptions of "Sonetto 104 Del Petrarca"." (1997). LSU Historical Dissertations and Theses. 6648.