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Two Themes in Liszt’s Totentanz

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DOI: 10.38007/Proceedings.0002069


Huizi Qiu

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Huizi Qiu


Abstract: There are two main themes in Totentanz, a work for solo piano and orchestra by Franz Liszt. The first theme is “dies irae” in the third bar of the work, which originates from Dies Irae, a single-voice chant in the Middle Ages. The second theme is “requiem” in the 466th bar of the work, which originates from Introitus: Requiem aeternam, prelude of Mozart’s Requiem in d minor.


Keywords: Liszt, Totentanz, Dies Irae, Requiem