Franz Liszt: Neue Liszt-Ausgabe

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Neue Liszt-Ausgabe (abbreviated as "NLA"; full name, Franz Liszt. Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke) is the second complete authentic edition of the music of Franz Liszt. The complete edition is based on all the available manuscript and printed sources of Liszt's works. The edition was published jointly by Edition Musica Budapest and the Bärenreiter-Verlag Kassel from 1970 to present. Cooperation between the Bärenreiter-Verlag and Editio Musica Budapest came to an end in 1985 with the completion of series 1, however EMB has independently continued the series.

Copyright status

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Under Canadian law, a work must contain a sufficient amount of original material to qualify for copyright protection - which is usually described as the "threshold of originality." Works which consist of collation and comparison of public domain sources, though they often require intensive research and scholarship, fail to meet this test under the copyright statutes of many nations around the world, including Canada. However, the determination of originality is ultimately up to a court, since there is no specific language in the Canadian statute explicitly defining which items are considered original enough to meet the "threshold of originality" on a given editor's part. It is also true that such editions have been granted a special, limited-term, copyright in certain countries (notably Germany and Italy), and in the EU itself. IMSLP, though it is under no sort of legal obligation to do so, therefore voluntarily enforces a term of 25 years from date of publication for such modern, scholarly editions, which originate in the European Union.

Before its 1989 demise, the Hungarian communist state published works of living or deceased persons on which the state claimed copyright. Editio Musica Budapest (founded in 1950) was a government agency formed by government expropriation of privately-owned publishing firms like Roszavolgyi, Rozsnyai, and others at the start of the Soviet occupation. Although original works of contemporary Hungarian composers have been judged to be the vaild copyrights of the composers themselves or their heirs in most Western countries, urtext or critical editions published during this era (1945-1989) have not been considered to be subject of copyright, as such editions were prepared by government employees working for a state agency as part of their employment - thus government works. Moreover, the copyright owner itself (the Hungarian communist government) ceased to exist. See this section on USSR editions for more information.

Additionally, Section 70 of the German copyright law states that scientific editions (editions which are produced as a result of scientific analysis, i.e. urtext) are entitled to only a limited copyright term of publication plus 25 years. Since series 1 of Neue Liszt-Ausgabe was published jointly with the German publisher Bärenreiter, all volumes in series 1 that are older than 25 years are public domain in Germany and all published more than 30 years ago are public domain in the EU as a whole. See this for more information. (Article 5 of the EU Copyright Directive 93/98/EC specifically limits the term of critical or urtext editions to a maximum of 30 years following publication.)

Despite the foregoing points regarding the Canadian status of sections of this edition, the location Project Petrucci LLC (the owner of this site) in the USA complicates matters considerably. Since many volumes of the NLA were issued simultaneously in Germany and bear a proper copyright notice after 1963 (which means they were automatically renewed in the USA), they would appear to be protected under US law until there is a challenge to clarify the "threshold of originality" with respect to such editions directly. IMSLP therefore has moved all such items to servers of the unaffiliated organization IMSLP-EU, where they are available only to non-US downloaders.




  • Zoltán Gárdonyi (1906-1986), István Szelényi (1904-1972) Vol.1-4
  • Antal Boronkay Vol.5
  • Imre Mező, Imre Sulyok (1912-2008) Vol.6-18


Neue Liszt-Ausgabe is planned to comprise the following ten series, of which only two have been published:

  • I. Solo piano works (1970-85)
  • II. Free arrangements and transcriptions for piano solo (1986-2005)
  • III. Works and arrangements for piano four hands and for two pianos
  • IV. Works and arrangements for several instruments
  • V. Works and arrangements for organ, and for organ and other instruments
  • VI. Orchestral works
  • VII. Works for piano and orchestra
  • VIII. Vocal works with piano
  • IX. Vocal works with orchestra, or with several instruments
  • X. A cappella choral works
    • Supplements to Series I and II

Series I

Series I of the Neue Liszt-Ausgabe contains Franz Liszt's original solo piano works, and transcriptions for solo piano of his own compositions. Mostly final versions appears in these volumes, but some earlier versions that are significantly different from their final form appear here to.

Series II

As of 2016, scores from volumes 1, 7, and 14, are permissible to submit since ≥25 years have passed since date of publication.
Series II of the Neue Liszt-Ausgabe contains solo piano works based on works or themes of other composers, and arrangements of certain folk melodies (or melodies of a folk character by known composers).

  • Volume 1 (Free Arrangements I), 1990, Z.8766.
    • Variation on a Waltz of Diabelli
    • Seven Brilliant Variations on a Theme of Rossini S.149
    • Impromptu Brillant on Themes of Rossini and Spontini S.150
    • Two Hungarian Recruiting Dances by László Fáy and János Bihari S.241
    • Souvenir de La Fiancée. Grande fantaisie sur la Tyrolienne de l'opéra La Fiancée d'Auber (3. változat - 3rd version) S.385
    • Grande Fantaisie di bravura sur la Clochette de Paganini S.420
    • L'Idée fixe. Andante amoroso S.395
    • Réminiscences de La Juive S.409a
    • Deux fantaisies 1. La Serenata e l'Orgia. Grande fantaisie sur des motifs des Soirées musicales de Rossini (2nd version) S.422
    • Deux fantaisies 2. La pastorella dell'Alpi e Li marinari. 2me fantaisie sur des motifs des Soirées musicales de Rossini S.423
    • Grande fantaisie sur la Tyrolienne de l'opéra La Fiancée d'Auber (1st version) S.385
    • Tyrolean Melody from the Opera 'La Fiancée' by Auber S.385a
  • Volume 2 (Free Arrangements II), 2004, Z.8767.
  • Volume 3 (Free Arrangements III), 1999, Z.12392.
  • Volume 4 (Free Arrangements IV), 2002, Z.12393.
  • Volume 5 (Free Arrangements V), 2000, Z.12394.
  • Volume 6 (Free Arrangements VI), 2001, Z.12395.
  • Volume 7 (Free Arrangements VII), 1988, Z.12396.
    • Capriccio alla turca sur des motifs de Beethoven S.388
    • 6 Melodien von Franz Schubert 1. Lebe wohl! - Adieu! S.563
    • 6 Melodien von Franz Schubert 2. Mädchens Klage - Les Plaintes de la Jeune fille S.563
    • 6 Melodien von Franz Schubert 3. Das (Zügen-) Sterbeglöcklein - La Cloche des Agonisants S.563
    • 6 Melodien von Franz Schubert 4. Trockne Blumen - La Fleur Fanée S.563
    • 6 Melodien von Franz Schubert 5. Ungeduld - Toute ma vie (1st version) S.563
    • 6 Melodien von Franz Schubert 6. Die Forelle - La Truite (1st version) S.563
    • Müller-Lieder von Franz Schubert 1. Das Wandern - Le meunier voyageur S.565
    • Müller-Lieder von Franz Schubert 2. Der Müller und der Bach - La voix enchantresse S.565
    • Müller-Lieder von Franz Schubert 3. Der Jäger - Le chasseur S.565
    • Müller-Lieder von Franz Schubert 4. Die böse Farbe - Garde moi souvenir S.565
    • Müller-Lieder von Franz Schubert 5. Wohin? - Au bord de la fontaine S.565
    • Müller-Lieder von Franz Schubert 6. Ungeduld - Toute ma vie (3rd version) S.565
    • Die Forelle. Lied von F. Schubert (2nd version) S.564
    • Franz Schuberts Märsche 1. Trauermarsch - Grande marche funebre de Francois Schubert S.426
    • Franz Schuberts Märsche 2. Grande Marche de Francois Schubert S.426
    • Franz Schuberts Märsche 3. Grande Marche caractéristique de Francois Schubert S.426
  • Volume 8 (Free Arrangements VIII), 1999, Z.12397.
  • Volume 9 (Free Arrangements IX), 2001, Z.12398.
  • Volume 10 (Free Arrangements X), 2002, Z.12399.
  • Volume 11 (Free Arrangements XI), 2004, Z.12400.
  • Volume 12 (Free Arrangements XII), 1994, Z.12401.
  • Volume 13 (Free Arrangements XIII), 2005, Z.12402.
  • Volume 14 (Free Arrangements XIV), 1991, Z.12403.
    • Danse macabre. Poeme symphonique de Camille Saint-Saens S.555
    • Trois morceaux suisses (2nd version) 1.Ranz de vaches S.156/3
    • Trois morceaux suisses (2nd version) 2.Un soir dans la montagne. Mélodie d'Ernest Knop S.156/3
    • Trois morceaux suisses (2nd version) 3.Ranz de chevres S.156/3
    • Valse d'Adele. Pour piano a la main gauche seule par le Comte Géza Zichy S.456
    • Agnus Dei della Messa da Requiem di Giuseppe Verdi (2nd version) S.437
    • Aus der Musik von Eduard Lassen zu Hebbels Nibelungen 1. Hagen und Kriemhild S.496/1
    • Aus der Musik von Eduard Lassen zu Hebbels Nibelungen 2. Bechlarn S.496/1
    • Aus der Musik von Eduard Lassen zu Goethes Faust 1. Osterhymne S.496/2
    • Aus der Musik von Eduard Lassen zu Goethes Faust 2. Hoffest. Marsch und Polonaise S.496/2
    • Revive Szegedin! Marche hongroise de Szabadi, orchestrée par Massenet S.572
    • Sarabande und Chaconne aus dem Singspiel 'Almira' von Georg Friedrich Händel S.181
    • Tarantella de Dargomijski S.483
    • Vive Henri IV S.239
  • Volume 15 (Free Arrangements XV), 2003, Z.12404.
  • Volume 16 (Transcriptions I), 1996, Z.13353.
  • Volume 17 (Transcriptions II), 1992, Z.13354.
    • Symphonie No.1 S.464/1
    • Symphonie No.2 S.464/2
    • Symphonie No.3 S.464/3
    • Symphonie No.4 S.464/4
  • Volume 18 (Transcriptions III), 1992, Z.13355.
    • Symphonie No.5 (2nd version) S.464/5
    • Symphonie Pastorale (No. 6) (3rd version) S.464/6
    • Symphonie No.7 (2nd version) S.464/7
  • Volume 19 (Transcriptions IV), 1993, Z.13356.
    • Symphonie No.8 S.464/8
    • Symphonie No.9 S.464/9
  • Volume 20 (Transcriptions V), 1997, Z.13357.
  • Volume 21 (Transcriptions VI), 1995, Z.13358.
  • Volume 22 (Transcriptions VII), 1997, Z.13359.
  • Volume 23 (Transcriptions VIII), 1996, Z.13360.
  • Volume 24 (Transcriptions IX), 1998, Z.13361.


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