Franz Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No.2

In my opinion, this is perhaps one of the greatest solo pieces written for the Piano, alongside Beethoven’s Für Elise which was published 16 years later, but 40 years after Beethoven’s death, making Für Elise about 24 years older than this remarkably piece.

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2S.244/2, is the second in a set of 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies by composer Franz Liszt, and is by far the most famous of the set. Few other piano solos have achieved such widespread popularity, offering the pianist the opportunity to reveal exceptional skill as a virtuoso, while providing the listener with an immediate and irresistible musical appeal. It is considered one of the most technically demanding works in the solo piano repertoire.

In both the original piano solo form and in the orchestrated version this composition has enjoyed widespread use in animated cartoons. Its themes have also served as the basis of several popular songs.