Facsimile of Arthur Friedheim's Edition of Franz Liszt's Sonata in B minor
Gerard Carter (ed.) and Martin Adler (ed.)
Franz Liszt completed his Piano Sonata in B minor at Weimar in 1853. It met with a mixed reception from the musical establishment of the day but is now a part of the repertoire of every leading pianist and may even be the most frequently recorded and performed piano work ever written. It is the outstanding example of the compositional process of thematic transformation. The grandeur and lyrical power of its themes, based on three motifs so clearly stated at the outset, place it at the pinnacle of the piano literature.

Arthur Friedheim (1859–1932) was Liszt’s pupil, secretary and assistant during the last years of Liszt’s life. He took up the Sonata in the 1880s, studied it with Liszt and performed it many times in public, introducing it to Vienna, Berlin, Leipzig, Moscow and New York in the 1880s and 1890s. His performance at the Weimar Musikfest in 1884, in Liszt’s presence, prompted Liszt’s comment: "That is the way I thought the composition when I wrote it."

Between 1905 and 1907 Friedheim issued a Hupfeld Phonola roll recording of the Sonata which is the subject of a comprehensive discussion and analysis in the 2011 monograph: "Arthur Friedheim’s Recently Discovered Roll Recording" also published by Wensleydale Press in the series "Liszt Piano Sonata Monographs".

Towards the end of his life, Friedheim prepared this painstakingly exact and heartfelt edition of the Sonata obviously with the intention of having it published. The present long overdue publication gives students and scholars a fascinating, unique and invaluable source of the authentic performing tradition for Franz Liszt’s Sonata as entrusted to Arthur Friedheim by the Master himself.

  • Introduction by Gerard Carter and Martin Adler to this Facsimile Edition
  • Original Foreword by Arthur Friedheim to his Edition of the Liszt Sonata
  • Facsimile of Arthur Friedheim’s Edition of the Liszt Sonata
  • Bibliography

Paperback illustrated 54 pages 297 x 210 mm (large study edition)
ISBN 978-3-8442-0890-0 RRP EUR 20

Paperback illustrated 54 pages 210 x 148 mm (compact study edition)

Errata for this publication

About the authors:

Gerard Carter is the author of several books on the Liszt Sonata and has produced CDs of historic recordings as well as of his own performance. Gerard studied the Sonata with Eunice Gardiner when he was a pupil at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Miss Gardiner had taken lessons from Claudio Arrau, which makes Gerard a great- great- grand pupil of Franz Liszt. Gerard holds the associate diploma in music (piano performing) and is a graduate in economics and law from the University of Sydney.

Martin Adler has a doctorate of natural sciences from the University of Marburg and runs an internet consultancy in Bonn where he lives with his wife and their three children. Martin has had an ever-growing fascination for the Liszt Sonata since he first heard it as a youth. He has studied it with his teacher Nelly Moser, who was a student at the St Petersburg Conservatory in the classes of the legendary pedagogues Emmanuel Fischmann and Vladimir Nielsen.


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