Transcendental Étude No. 12 (Liszt)
Transcendental Étude No. 12 in B flat minor is an étude for piano written by composer Franz Liszt. It has the programmatic title "Chasse-Neige", (Snow-Drift) and is the 12th and last of the Transcendental Études. The étude is a study in tremolos but contains many other difficulties like wide jumps and fast chromatic scales, and it requires a very gentle and soft touch in the beginning. The piece gradually builds up to a powerful climax. It is one of the more difficult Transcendental Études.
Ferruccio Busoni stated that this is the greatest, most accurate example of program music, or 'poetised music.' He described the work as "a sublime and steady fall of snow which gradually buries landscape and people".
- Ferruccio Busoni: The Essence of Music, p.162; in Jim Samson, Virtuosity and the Musical Work, Cambridge University Press, 2003 (p.185).