Liszt Etude Transcendental No.8 in C minor "Wilde Jagd"
The 12 Transcendental Studies are among the most difficult pieces for piano ever written. Schumann declared that they were playable by "at the most, ten or twelve players in the world."
No.8 "Wilde Jagd" (Wild Hunt) is the only study with a German title, which refers to a German Legend about supernatural or mythological creatures furiously hunting in the sky. The horns and horsewhips resound in the energetic double octaves and fast repeated chords, while the poetical middle section narrates the typical love episode of the hunting ballades, where the hunter discovers a beautiful maiden transformed by magical spell in the hunted animal.