Mephisto Waltz No 1, Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke (The Dance in the Village Inn) is the second of two short works he wrote for orchestra. While the work preceding it, Midnight Procession (“Der nächtliche Zug”), is rarely given (though both works have been recorded together), the waltz has been a concert favorite, with its passion, sensuality and dramatics generating an emotional impact. The Mephisto Waltz No 1 is a typical example of program music, taking for its program an episode from Faust, not by Goethe but by Nikolaus Lenau (1802–50). Liszt dedicated the Mephisto Waltz No 1 to Carl Tausig, his favourite pupil. Played by Anastasia Huppmann in Vienna.
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