Rondeau fantastique sur un thème espagnol "La Contrabandista" S. 252 (Fantastic Rondo on Spanish theme "La Contrabandista") is a musical composition for piano solo by the Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. The piece was based on Manuel Garcia's popular opera song, "Yo que soy Contrabandista", and was first entitled Opus 5 no. 2. This was probably the last piece that Liszt gave an opus number.
Although Liszt initially intended this piece as a bravura finale for his recitals, according to many reports he failed to see this through, possibly because of the piece's complexity or other unknown factors.
The fantasy is based on a short song for guitar, castanets and soprano female singer. As with Liszt's other fantasies, it contains a complete exploration of the elements it contains, with a slow section in the middle. It explores a great quantity of effects, including chord tremolos and thirds along it, keeping a fast tempo and a deciso attitude within it.
The piece includes wide jumps, fast repetitive notes, arpeggios, and octaves at a breakneck tempo. La campanella's infamous skips, which are about two to three octaves, are two octaves shorter than some of the Rondeau's skips. The only person who was eager to play it live was Mikhail Pletnev, who nonetheless gave up, calling it "unplayable". Valentina Lisitsa has performed and recorded her interpretation as well. (Wikipedia)
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