The complete critical edition of Liszt's music, an ongoing project with Editio Musica Budapest, just published the first edition of Act 1 from Liszt's Sardanapalo (1852). Byron's Assyrian tragedy Sardanapalus (1821) sees the end of an ancient line of Kings - forbidden love leading to self-immolation, all compressed into a single day. Liszt's act reaches the pivotal moment King Sardanapalo decides to go to war.
With reconstructed libretto, ossias, realizations of patterns, and various deleted and metrically variant passages. Huge thanks to my fellow editors, Marco Beghelli (libretto), Francesca Vella and David Rosen for their sterling work with Liszt's Italian.