Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody no.7 in d minor
I’ve covered some of the Hungarian Rhapsodies before. Quick recap: these were more flashy concert works Liszt wrote, inspired by traveling Romani bands. However, he thought that the melodies he picked up from those bands were authentic “gypsy” music. The truth is that those bands picked up popular music by less famous Hungarian composers. So these’s aren’t the “authentic” “gypsy” pieces that Liszt wanted them to be, but even so, they are fun works, with catchy melodies and rhythms, and even have some transcendental moments. The first 14 were published together earlier in his career. This rhapsody is short and is in three sections. There is a dramatic introduction with rapid runs paired with giant chords. That bleeds into a fast section, where the far registers of the piano act like bells enveloping the heavy chords between them. The rustic melody and beat makes it easy to picture a group of people dancing. Ladies kicking their legs up in the air with every high note. The last section takes the melody into the major, and we are given a more lighthearted dance to finish the work off.