I was watching along with an entertaining video of Liszt's solo piano transcription of Beethoven's 9th symphony. This thing is over an hour long with numerous technical feats and is surely something only an incredibly skilled pianist would even dare to try out.
Which is why it kind of confused me to see fingering markings, not just in a few parts but all over the place.
I wonder why you would add extensive fingering notations to a piece that's clearly only for the very best of pianists, who would presumably no longer need them.
- Liszt just loved being explicit about fingerings, just like he loved adding ossia's.
- This piece is so long that it is meant to be sight-read for the most part, and finger markings speed that process up.
- Following the specified fingerings does result in a slight difference in pronunciation of each note compared to alternate fingerings that one might choose, and this difference is something Liszt wanted to specify.
I wonder which of these theories is right, if any, and/or if there's other benefit to adding finger markings to virtuosic piano pieces.