Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2013-2014


Alan Walker

LECTURE: In Defense of Transcription
Dr. Alan Walker, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University

Valerie Tryon

Part of WAGNER + VERDI AT 200

Coolidge Auditorium

Our celebration of the Verdi and Wagner bicentenaries continues with a speaker/ pianist double-bill. The afternoon opens with preeminent Liszt scholar Alan Walker, who will speak about the art of arrangement as exemplified in the transcriptions and paraphrases of Franz Liszt. Perhaps the 19th century’s greatest advocate at the keyboard of orchestral and operatic scores, Liszt produced a tremendous body of piano works based on the music of Wagner and Verdi. Valerie Tryon will then perform a range of these works that draws on the Library’s substantial holdings. In addition to Lisztian encounters with Verdi and Wagner, Tryon has included several unique works based on the music of Mozart and Allegri. Manuscripts and first editions will be on display.


Rigoletto de Verdi: paraphrase de concert, S. 434
Miserere du Trovatore, S.433


Ballade aus dem Fliegenden Holländer, S. 441
Spinnerlied aus dem Fliegenden Holländer, S. 440


Confutatis und Lacrymosa aus dem Requiem von Mozart, S.550


À la Chapelle Sixtine (Miserere d’Allegri et Ave verum corpus deMozart), S. 461


Isoldens Liebestod—Schlußszene aus Richard Wagners Tristan und Isolde, S. 447

Presented in cooperation with The Wagner Society of Washington, DC