Transcendental Étude No. 3 (Liszt)

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The first three bars of the Transcendental Étude No. 3

Transcendental Étude No. 3 in F, "Paysage" (Scenery), is the third of twelve Transcendental Études by Franz Liszt. It is generally considered to be one of the easier studies.

The piece suggests a peaceful country scene. It is said that Liszt got the idea of writing this étude while watching the scenery change during a train ride. The first section is played poco adagio with a sempre legato e placido indication at the start. There are gentle arpeggios and constant dynamic changes and syncopation, and the melody is often played in thirds or octaves.

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