Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1

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Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 is the first of a set of 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies by composer Franz Liszt, dedicated to one of his friends and former student, Ede Szerdahelyi. Work on the piece began in 1846 in Klausenburg, and it was published about November 1851.[1] The piece, like many in the set, is composed in the csárdás style, signified by two sections: the lassú (slower, first section) and the friss (faster, second section). Also typical for the set, themes in the piece can be traced to earlier sources, specifically Ferenc Erkel and Gáspár Bernát in the first section, and Károly Thern in the second. The gypsy Laci Pócsi and his band are said to have been a source of inspiration for this piece.


  1. ^ Fuld, James J. (2000). The book of world-famous music: classical, popular, and folk. Courier Dover Publications. p. 281. ISBN 0-486-41475-2. 


  • Leslie Howard: Liner notes for Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies. Hyperion, 1999.

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