#vlogtober 30th, Astounding eight year old conducts Liszt’s ‘Les Préludes’

Friday 30th October 2015

Edward Yudenich, one of the youngest conductors in the world, conducts the Student Orchestra of the State Conservatory of Music, Pashkent, Uzbekistan.
Edward became proficient in violin in one year and learned orchestral conducting in only six months. He is a student of professor Vladimir Neymer, one of Uzbekistan’s most venerated conductors.

It is stunning to watch this boy conducting Liszt’s ‘Les Préludes’ with such perfection. He has complete control over the orchestra and gives a great performance as he has the whole piece memorised.

Franz Liszt himself was a composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor and teacher. In the early 19th century he started to get recognition in Europe, especially because of his virtuosic skills as a pianist – probably the most technically advanced pianist of his era.

He is also known as one of the most prominent representatives of the ‘New German School’. He left behind an extensive and diverse body of work, which influenced his forward-looking contemporaries and anticipated some 20th-century ideas and trends.

Liszt’s notable contributions include the invention of the symphonic poem. He developed the concept of thematic transformation as part of his experiments in musical form.

His ‘Les Preludes’ is the third of his 13 symphonic poems.