Bugs Bunny played it. So did Tom and Jerry. But few actual humans can tackle this beloved masterpiece. Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No.2” is widely considered to be one of the most difficult piano pieces in existence. So you can imagine how impressed audiences were in the 1800s when Franz Liszt would whip off his white gloves, toss the sheet music over his head, and fervently hit every single note from memory. The ladies went wild, and so began an era of what was called Lisztomania.
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