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A. Aymakanova

F. Liszt’s late works: musical and theoretical reflection in the foreign musicology

The awareness of musical and linguistic innovation, held in late works by Franz Liszt had a long history, starting from the judgment that took place at the composer's lifetime, and ending with the most recent musicological works. The author presents the chronologically arranged overview of Western European musicological publications, which comprehended the value of late creativity by F. Liszt for the further development of the history of musical art and described the main features of the composer’s late style. The researcher notes that the lifetime editions were written under the immediate influence of the personality of the composer, but the musical language of the author, especially in his later years, remains outside the focus in these publications. The works appeared in the early twentieth century explore the innovation in the field of musical language by the artist. Special attention is given to the works that appeared in the 30-ies of the twentieth century, as they, according to the opinion by Western historians of music, are the second phase of the international study of F. Liszt. It is noted that in the works appeared in 50–60-ies years takes place the deepening in analysis of the musical language by the composer. The heyday in the study of late Liszt’s works accounted the period during 70–80-ies. After this overview, the author comes to the conclusion that at present there are no studies summarizing all the groundbreaking achievements by F. Liszt.

Key words

F. Liszt, Liszt’s late works, innovations, harmony, topos.