Portada de les simfonies de Beethoven transcrites per Liszt, al Fons Albéniz

Transcription, art and business

During the 19th century the transcription of stage and orchestral works of all kinds for solo instruments (piano or guitar) became a genre in itself, exploited by composers, performers and by the thriving music industry. Isaac Albéniz, for example, had in his personal library the Beethoven symphonies transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt, or also the Coriolan, Egmont or Leonora overtures transcribed for piano for four hands. In the record market there are few pianists who have full recorded them, here you can see a list of publications. In the Barcelona Museum of Music we keep these copies, in addition to the Coriolan’s piano roll transcribed for piano and published by the famous Victoria factory, located in La Garriga during the first decades of the 20th century.