La campanella — Franz Liszt

17 07 2011

I first studied this piece during my History lessons for music theory and it wasn’t until I actually listened and eventually watched it on youtube that I was able to grasp and see for myself just how difficult and demanding this piece is.  It doesn’t sound all that hard and is in fact an ARCT piece (my piano teacher asked jokingly if I wanted to learn it and I flat out refused) but the most obvious thing watching videos of people playing is the “little bell” part in the right hand.  The piano player has to pivot between the octaves really quickly, which, just watching videos, hurts and tires my hand.  I’m impressed by anyone who manages to play this one.

Yundi Li plays this version: