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Horowitz's Concert Repertoire

An attempt to list all works Horowitz performed live during his career
Prepared & Compiled by Christian Johansson

 

 

Welcome to the Concert Repertoire section!

The following list is an attempt to document Horowitz's concert repertoire as a professional musician. I would like to point out that as an index of Horowitz's concert repertoire, the list only includes works Horowitz is known to have performed live before an audience. For people interested in further works that may have been touched by Horowitz I refer to the website of the Horowitz archive at Yale University, which has a list of Horowitz's score collection as it was donated to them in the 1980s. The website can be found at: http://webtext.library.yale.edu/xml2html/music.horowitz.nav.html

In the main part of the index, works Horowitz programmed after his graduation as a concert pianist from 1920 until his last public concert in June 1987 are listed. The years below each work are the years during which Horowitz programmed the given work.

An appendix can be found at the bottom of the page listing works Horowitz is only known to have performed prior to his graduation in 1920, and which have he never performed later (as far as we know). Pieces Horowitz performed both during his conservatory years and after 1920 as a professional musician (Don Juan Fantasy, Arensky's concerto, etc etc) have not been included in the appendix.

It is difficult to estimate the accuracy of a concert repertoire list. Many pieces Horowitz only performed in Russia between 1920 & 1925 are probably missing. We know Horowitz played chamber music frequently together with violinist Nathan Milstein and the cellist Raya Garbousova for instance, and also accompanied many singers, such as Nina Koshetz, Zoya Lodaya, Leonid Sobinov and others. There's probably quite a bit of chamber music & songs in particular missing from the listing below unfortunately, but I have done my best to cover as much as possible without speculation.


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Anonymous

        God Save the Queen

  • May 22, 1982: Royal Festival Hall, London, UK

            - Only performance known to me

        

 

Arensky, Anton

        Piano Concerto in F minor, Op.2    

  • Early 1920s

        

 

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Chaconne in D minor from Violin Partita No.2 (Arr. Busoni)    

  • 1920 (?)*

  • 1926

  • 1933

            * Horowitz opened his debut recital in 1920 with either the Chaconne, or the Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major. There is a lot of conflicting information regarding this recital.

Chorale Prelude: Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, heiliger Geist, BWV 631    

  • 1933-1934

Chorale Prelude: In dir ist freude, BWV 615    

  • 1933-1934

Chorale Prelude: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, BWV 734 (Arr. Busoni)

  • 1933-1934

  • 1942

Chorale Prelude: Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (Arr. Busoni)

  • 1928

  • 1930    [+]

  • 1932-1934    [+]

  • 1942

Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532 (Arr. Busoni)*

  • 1926

  • 1928

  • 1930-1931

  • 1934

            * Piano roll exists.

        "Prelude & Fugue in A minor (Arr. Busoni)"    

  • 1924 and/or 1925

            - I don't have a concert program to support this, but Horowitz himself claimed to have performed this in Leningrad during the 1924/1925 season. There is a slight problem with the information though.... there is no transcription by Busoni of a Prelude & Fugue in A minor by Bach. Busoni did transcribe a Fantasy & Fugue in A minor (BWV 904), but LISZT transcribed a Prelude & Fugue by Bach in A minor (BWV 543) which could also very well be what Horowitz meant. What's pointing towards the Liszt transcription is that this is a Prelude & Fugue just as Horowitz claimed he had played, but something that might make the Busoni/Bach Fantasy & Fugue perhaps an even more probable suspect is that Horowitz said in an interview late in life that he had played a whole program in Russia with "the complete Bach/Busoni transcriptions" (he couldn't have, all Busoni's Bach transcriptions would never fit in just one recital, but chances are he played every Bach/Busoni transcription known to him & russia at the time).

    Either way, many thanks to the french Horowitz expert Max Massei for alerting me about the paradox with this non-existent transcription.

Prelude and Fugue No.12 in F minor from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier [Book not specified]    

  • 1931

Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 (Arr. Busoni)

  • 1920 (?)*

  • 1926-1928

  • 1931-1933

  • 1935

  • 1939-1940

  • 1942-1943

  • 1945

  • 1950-1951    [+]

  • 1965

            * Horowitz played either this or the Chaconne at his debut recital in Kiev in 1920

(??) Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (??)    

  • ???

            - This work was in Horowitz's repertoire according to Horowitz scholar Robert McAlear, but I have never seen any proofs supporting that he really played it live.

Toccata & Fugue in C minor, BWV 911

  • 1926 (program error?)

  • 1949

 

Balakirev, Mili

        Islamey - Oriental Fantasy (Edited by Horowitz)

  • 1936

  • 1950

 

 

Barber, Samuel

        Excursions, Op.20 (Nos. 1, 2 & 4 only)

  • 1945

            - Horowitz gave the New York Premiere of these on March 28, and the world premiere earlier the same season

        Sonata in E-flat minor, Op.26

  • 1949-1950

            - Horowitz gave the world premiere in Havanna on December 9, 1949

 

 

Beethoven, Ludwig van

        Cello Sonata in D major, Op.102 No.2    

  • 1927

        Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73 (Emperor)

  • 1933

  • 1935

        Sonata in D major, Op.10 No.3

  • 1949

  • 1965*

            * Only on November 9, a rehearsal in Carnegie Hall with a specially invited audience of ca 200 people.

        Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight)

  • 1947

Sonata in E-flat major, Op.31 No.3

  • 1939-1941

Sonata in C major, Op.53 (Waldstein)

  • 1945

        Sonata in F minor, Op.57 (Appassionata)

  • 1920 (?)*

  • 1928

            * Horowitz did not remember whether he played this or the Op.110 Sonata at his debut recital in 1920

        Sonata in F-sharp major, Op.78    

  • 1933

        Sonata in E-flat major, Op.81a (Les Adieux)    

  • 1933-1934

        Sonata in A major, Op.101

  • 1933

  • 1967-1968

  • 1980

  • 1983

Sonata in A-flat major, Op.110    

  • 1920*

  • 1920s*

            * Horowitz couldn't remember whether he played this or the Appassionata at his debut recital in 1920, but he claimed himself to have played it in other concerts as well in Russia (he performed it during his student years at the conservatory, was it those concerts he meant??).

Violin Sonata No.5 in F major, Op.24 (Spring Sonata)    

  • Early 1920s

Piano Trio No.7 in B-flat major, Op.97 (Archduke Trio)    

  • 1932

32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80

  • 1931

  • 1941

  • 1944

  • 1948

  • 1951

  • 1966

 

 

Blumenfeld, Felix von

        Six Preludes from Op.17 [unspecified selection]*    

  • May 30, 1920: Kiev Conservatory (Debut recital)*

            * A contradicting source claim that it was four unspecified ETUDES and not these Preludes from Op.17 that he played in his debut. He is not known to have performed anything by his teacher Blumenfeld except at his debut recital.

 

 

Borodin, Alexander

        Au couvent (from the Petite Suite)    

  • 1945

 

 

Brahms, Johannes

        Ballade in G minor, Op.118 No.3    

  • 1933

        Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor, Op.38    

  • 1927

        Intermezzo in B-flat minor, Op.117 No.2

  • 1928

  • 1939 and/or 1940

  • 1942

  • 1951

        Intermezzo in E-flat minor, Op.118 No.6    

  • 1928

  • 1930

  • 1933-1934 (also 1932?)

        Intermezzo in C major, Op.119 No.3    

  • 1928

  • 1930

  • 1933-1934 (also 1932?)

  • 1939 and/or 1940

  • 1942

        Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15

  • 1934-1936

        Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, Op.83

  • 1928-1929    [+]

  • 1932-1934    [+]

  • 1939-1940

  • 1945

  • 1948

        Piano Trio No.2 in C major, Op.87    

  • 1932

        Rhapsody in E-flat major, Op.119 No.4

  • 1928

  • 1953

        Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5    

  • 1929-1930

        Variations on a theme by Paganini, Op.35 (Edited by Horowitz)*

  • 1931-1935

  • 1939    [+]

  • 1942 (also 1943?)

            * One side of this was recorded for RCA, but the recording is now either lost or destroyed.

        Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108

  • 1931

        Seven Waltzes from Op.39 [unspecified]    

  • 1931-1932

        Waltz in A-flat major, Op.39 No.15

  • 1932 (most likely part of the 1932 selection of seven)

  • 1939    [+]

  • 1942

  • 1945-1946

  • 1949

 

Chopin, Frederic

        Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op.22

  • 1943-1944

  • 1946

  • 1950

        Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23

  • 1928

  • 1930

  • 1946-1948

  • 1950-1951

  • 1965

  • 1968

  • 1969

  • 1974-1976

  • 1978-1979

  • 1981-1982

  • 1985

        Ballade No.2 in F major, Op.38    

  • 1925

  • 1928

  • 1930

  • 1933

        Ballade No.3 in A-flat major, Op.47

  • 1928

  • 1949-1950

        Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52

  • 1928

  • 1931

  • 1938-1939    [+]

  • 1944

  • 1948

  • 1950

  • 1969

  • 1980-1982

        Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op.60

  • 1926

  • 1931-1935

  • 1938-1940    [+]

  • 1943

  • 1947

  • 1951

  • 1967-1968

  • 1978-1980

        Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.65    

  • 1927

        Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21    

  • 1925

            - Horowitz himself claimed to have played this once in Europe too early in his career, meaning 1926 or later, but I've never managed to pin down the date or location for the concert, if he remembered right at all.

        Etude in E major, Op.10 No.3

  • 1941

  • 1944-1947

  • 1949

        Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.10 No.4

  • 1934-1935

  • 1940

  • 1947

  • 1949

  • 1951

        Etude in G-flat major, Op.10 No.5 (Black Key)

  • 1928

  • 1934-1935

  • 1939-1940    [+]

  • 1943

  • 1945

  • 1975

  • 1980

        Etude in E-flat minor, Op.10 No.6

  • 1928

  • 1933-1934

  • 1938

  • 1943

  • 1947

  • 1951

        Etude in F major, Op.10 No.8

  • 1928

  • 1930-1934

  • 1936

  • 1938-1939    [+]

  • 1941-1942

  • 1944-1945

  • 1965

  • 1983

        Etude in C minor, Op.10 No.12 (Revolutionary Etude)

  • 1946-1947

        Etude in F minor, Op.25 No.2

  • 1939 and/or 1940

  • 1942

        Etude in F major, Op.25 No.3

  • 1927

  • 1930

  • 1933

  • 1939 (possibly also in 1940)    [+]

        Etude in G-sharp minor, Op.25 No.6

  • 1930-1931

        Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.25 No.7

  • 1928

  • 1935

  • 1938-1940    [+]

  • 1942

  • 1945

  • 1949-1950

  • 1980

  • 1983

        Etude in G-flat major, Op.25 No.9 (Butterfly Etude)    

  • 1938-1939 (possibly also in 1940)    [+]

  • 1942-1943

  • 1945

        Etude in B minor, Op.25 No.10 (Octave Etude)

  • 1926-1928

  • 1930

  • 1935    [+]

  • 1939-1940    [+]

  • 1983

        Etude in A minor, Op.25 No.11 (Winter Wind Etude)

  • 1930

  • 1933-1934

        Etude in C minor, Op.25 No.12 (Ocean Etude)

  • 1930

        Fantaisie in F minor, Op.49

  • 1920

  • 1928

  • 1933

  • 1938

  • 1948

        Impromptu No.1 in A-flat major, Op.29

  • 1929-1930

  • 1939    [+]

  • 1947-1951    [+]

        Introduction & Rondo in E-flat major, Op.16

  • 1974-1976

        Mazurka in A minor, Op.7 No.2    [+]    

  • 1932

        Mazurka in F minor, Op.7 No.3

  • 1943 (?)

  • 1946-1947

  • 1949

  • 1967-1968

  • 1975

  • 1985-1986

        Mazurka in A minor, Op.17 No.4

  • 1934

  • 1950

  • 1974-1980

  • 1982

  • 1985-1986

        Mazurka in B-flat minor, Op.24 No.4

  • 1951

        Mazurka in B minor, Op.30 No.2

  • 1945

        Mazurka in D-flat major, Op.30 No.3

  • 1950

        Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.30 No.4

  • 1930

  • 1932-1933

  • 1949

  • 1965

  • 1969

  • 1974-1976

  • 1978

  • 1986

        Mazurka in B minor, Op.33 No.4

  • 1945

  • 1966

  • 1969

  • 1978

  • 1986-1987

        Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.41 No.1

  • 1940

  • 1943 (?)

  • 1946

  • 1950

        Mazurka in E minor, Op.41 No.2

  • 1940

  • 1943-1947

  • 1949

        Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.50 No.3

  • 1935

  • 1941

        Mazurka in C minor, Op.56 No.3

  • 1943

        Mazurka in F-sharp minor, Op.59 No.3

  • 1950

        Mazurka in F minor, Op.63 No.2

  • 1934    [+]

  • 1942

  • 1944-1947

  • 1950

        Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.63 No.3

  • 1942

  • 1944

  • 1947

  • 1975-1976    [+]

  • 1985-1986

        Nocturne in F major, Op.15 No.1

  • 1930

  • 1933

        Nocturne in F-sharp major, Op.15 No.2

  • 1946-1949

        (?) Nocturne in D-flat major, Op.27 No.2 (?)    

  • 1953

            - I cannot guarantee this one.... Horowitz is said to have performed this Nocturne in 1953, but I have never seen any concert programs supporting it.

        Nocturne in F minor, Op.55 No.1

  • 1950-1951

  • 1967-1968

  • 1978

        Nocturne in E minor, Op.72 No.1

  • 1942

  • 1944

  • 1946

  • 1948-1949

  • 1953

  • 1966

  • 1976

  • 1978-1980

        Nocturne in G minor [unspecified]    

  • 1929

        Polonaise in C-sharp minor, Op.26 No.1

  • 1929

  • 1934-1935

  • 1950-1951

  • 1978

        Polonaise in A major, Op.40 No.1 (Military Polonaise)

  • 1951

        Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op.44

  • 1967-1968

        Polonaise in A-flat major, Op.53 (Heroic)

  • 1925-1926

  • 1928

  • 1930

  • 1933

  • 1935

  • 1938

  • 1941

  • 1943-1944

  • 1946

  • 1948-1949

  • 1951    [+]

  • 1974-1979

  • 1982-1983

  • 1985-1987

        Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major, Op.61

  • 1931

  • 1938

  • 1942

  • 1951

  • 1965*

  • 1966

  • 1974

  • 1978

  • 1982-1983

            * Only on November 9, a rehearsal in Carnegie Hall with a specially invited audience of ca 200 people.

        Unspecified Preludes from Op.28 [Horowitz is known to have played Nos. 6, 8, 13, 15, 16 & 20]*

  • 1933

  • 1946 (probably different selection from 1933. This selection included AT LEAST Preludes Nos.8 & 13)

            * Studio recordings exist of Nos. 6 & 15, both recorded for Columbia in the early 1970s.

        Scherzo No.1 in B minor, Op.20

  • 1926

  • 1928

  • 1931-1934    [+]

  • 1942

  • 1951

  • 1953

  • 1966

  • 1969

  • 1975-1976

  • 1980

  • 1982

  • 1986

        Scherzo No.4 in E major, Op.54

  • 1935-1936

  • 1938-1939    [+]

        Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.35

  • 1925-1926

  • 1930

  • 1935

  • 1940-1943

  • 1949-1950

  • 1952

  • 1966

  • 1977-1978

        Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58    

  • 1930-1931

        Waltz in A minor, Op.34 No.2

  • 1943-1945

  • 1947

  • 1949

  • 1951

  • 1953

  • 1967

  • 1968

  • 1975-1979

        Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op.64 No.2

  • 1944-1946

  • 1950

  • 1966

  • 1968

  • 1974

  • 1976

  • 1978-1979

  • 1982

  • 1986

        Waltz in A-flat major, Op.69 No.1

  • 1980-1982

 

 

Clementi, Muzio

        Adagio in F major, Book I No.14 from Gradus ad Parnassum

  • 1980

Allegro con brio (1st mvt) from the Sonata in B-flat major, Op.24 No.2 (a.k.a Op.47 No.2)

  • 1950

(?) Duet in C major from the second movement of the Sonata Op.14 No.1 (Arr. Horowitz) (?)    

  • ???

            - Note: This was mentioned in Plaskin's biography on Horowitz as part of his repertoire, but I have never seen any proofs myself that he actually played it live.

        Rondo from the Sonata in E-flat major, Op.12 No.2

  • 1980

Rondo (3rd mvt) from the Sonata in B-flat major, Op.24 No.2 (a.k.a Op.47 No.2)

  • 1949-1950

  • 1953

        Sonata in F-sharp minor, Op.25 No.5 (a.k.a Op.26 No.2)

  • 1974-1975

         Sonata in A major, Op.33 No.1 (a.k.a. Op.36 No.1)

  • 1949

        Sonata quasi Concerto in C major, Op.33 No.3 (a.k.a Op.36 No.3)

  • 1976-1979

        Un poco andante, quasi allegretto from the Sonata in C major, Op.34 No.1

  • 1950

 

 

Czerny, Carl

        Variations on Rode's La Ricordanza, Op.33

  • 1945

 

 

Debussy, Claude Achille

        Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum (No.1 from the Children's Corner suite)    

  • 1928

        Etude No.1 (Pour les cinq doigts - d'après Monsieur Czerny)

  • 1933-1934

  • 1940

  • 1946

  • 1949

        Etude No.3 (Pour les quartes)    

  • 1934-1935

  • 1939    [+]

        Etude No.4 (Pour les sixtes)

  • 1940

  • 1949

        Etude No.6 (Pour les huit doigts)

  • 1934-1935

  • 1939-1940    [+]

  • 1943

  • 1948

        Etude No.7 (Pour les degrés chromatiques)    

  • 1934

        Etude No.8 (Pour les agréments)    

  • 1939-1940    [+]

        Etude No.11 (Pour les arpèges composés)

  • 1933-1935

  • 1943

  • 1946

        L'isle joyeuse

  • 1929

  • 1966

        The Little Shepherd (No.5 from the Children's Corner Suite)

  • 1952-1953

        Prelude No.4 from Book II (Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses)

  • 1936

  • 1966

        Prelude No.5 from Book II (Bruyères)

  • 1936

  • 1946

  • 1966

        Prelude No.6 from Book II (General Lavine - Eccentric)

  • 1936

  • 1946

        Prelude No.7 from Book II (La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune)

  • 1966

        Serenade for the Doll (No.3 from the Children's Corner Suite)

  • 1928

  • 1933-1934

  • 1943

  • 1946-1949

  • 1952-1953

  • 1965

  • 1968-1969

  • 1975

  • 1978

  • 1985

 

 

Dohnányi, Ernst von

         Concert Etude in F minor, Op.28 No.6 (Capriccio)

  • 1931

  • 1939

 

 

Fauré, Gabriel

         Impromptu No.5 in F-sharp minor, Op.102

  • 1977-1978

        Nocturne No.1 in E-flat minor, Op.33 No.1    

  • 1939

        Nocturne No.13 in B minor, Op.119

  • 1977-1978

 

 

Franck, Cesar

         Prelude, Aria et Finale    

  • 1935

  • 1939

         Violin Sonata    

  • 1920-1926

 

 

Grieg, Edvard

         Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor, Op.45    

  • 1920-1926

  • 1931

 

 

Guion, David

         Harmonica Player    

  • 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haydn, Franz Joseph

        (??) Andante with Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII:6 (??)    

  • ???

            - This work was in Horowitz's repertoire according to Horowitz scholar Robert McAlear, but I've never seen any proofs supporting that he really played it live.

        Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI:20    

  • 1935-1936    [+]

        Sonata in F major, Hob. XVI:23

  • 1966

        Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:48

  • 1968-1969

        Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:52

  • 1933 (also 1932?)

  • 1946

  • 1948

  • 1951

  • 1975 (only on March 30 in Houston as far as I know)

        

 

Horowitz, Vladimir

        Rakóczy March (after Liszt's 15th Hungarian Rhapsody)

  • 1949-1950

        Variations on a theme from George Bizet's Opera Carmen

  • 1926

  • 1928

  • 1930-1931

  • 1933

  • 1939-1943    [+]

  • 1945-1947

  • 1949

  • 1951    [+]

  • 1967-1968

  • 1977-1978

        Variations on Mendelssohn's Wedding March (after F. Liszt)

  • 1946-1948

 

 

Hummel, Johann Nepomuk

        Gavotte [undetermined]    

  • 1931

        Rondo in E-flat major, Op.11    

  • 1930-1932

 

 

Jelobinsky, Valérie

        Six Short Etudes, Op.19   

  • 1941

 

 

Kabalevsky, Dmitri

        Prelude in C major, Op.38 No.1

  • 1946-1947

  • 1949

        Prelude in G major, Op.38 No.3

  • 1946-1947

        Prelude, Op.38 No.4

  • 1946

        Prelude, Op.38 No.6

  • 1946

        Prelude in F-sharp minor, Op.38 No.8

  • 1946-1947

  • 1949

        Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op.38 No.10

  • 1946-1947

  • 1949

        Prelude in B-flat minor, Op.38 No.16

  • 1946-1947

  • 1949

        Prelude in A-flat major, Op.38 No.17

  • 1946-1947

        Prelude in G minor, Op.38 No.22

  • 1946-1947

  • 1949

        Prelude in D minor, Op.38 No.24

  • 1946-1947

  • 1949

        Sonata No.2, Op.45

  • 1947

        Sonata No.3 in F major, Op.46

  • 1948

 

 

Kreisler, Fritz

        Liebesleid (Arr. Rachmaninoff)

  • 1980

 

 

Liadov, Anton

        The Musical Snuff-Box, Op.32    

  • 1943

 

 

Liszt, Franz

        Après une lecture du Dante - Fantasia, quasi Sonata (from the Italian volume of Années de Pèlerinage)    

  • 1933-1934

        Au bord d'une source (from the Swiss volume of Années de Pèlerinage)

  • 1926

  • 1928

  • 1939-1941    [+]

  • 1945

  • 1947

  • 1950

  • 1968

  • 1975-1976

        Au lac du Wallenstadt (from the Swiss volume of Années de Pèlerinage)    

  • 1926

  • 1929

  • 1932

        Ballade No.2 in B minor

  • 1981-1982

        Les Cloches de Genève (from the Swiss Volume of Années de Pèlerinage)    

  • 1926

        Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat major    

  • 1923

  • 1926

  • 1928

        Piano Concerto No.2 in A major    

  • 1926-1927

  • 1932-1935

  • 1944

            - According to a review of Horowitz's performance of Liszt's A major in Chicago on Feb.8 1944 Horowitz changed the ending of this concerto.

        Consolation No.3 in D-flat major

  • 1978-1980

  • 1982

  • 1985-1987

        Consolation No.4 in D-flat major (Stern-Consolation)

  • 1950

        Consolation No.5 in E major

  • 1950

        (??) Consolation No.6 in E major (??)    

  • ???

            - This work was in Horowitz's repertoire according to Horowitz scholar Robert McAlear, but I've never seen any proofs supporting that he really played it live.

        Etude d'exécution transcendante No.4: Mazeppa    

  • 1934-1935*

            * Plaskin claims Horowitz began playing this in 1930 already, but I've never seen any proofs for that myself.

        Etude d'exécution transcendante No.5: Feux follets   

  • 1922-1923

  • 1940-1941

        Fantasy on two Motives from Mozart's Opera The Marriage of Figaro (completed by Busoni)*

  • 1926

            * A piano roll exists.

        Funérailles (From Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses)

  • 1926

  • 1928

  • 1931-1935    [+]

  • 1939 and/or 1940

  • 1942

  • 1945

  • 1948

  • 1950

        Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C-sharp minor (Arr. Horowitz)

  • 1952-1953

        Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 in D-flat major

  • 1944-1945

  • 1947

  • 1951

        Hungarian Rhapsody No.13 in A minor (Edited by Horowitz)

  • October 26, 1969: Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts (only performance)

        Impromptu (Nocturne) in F-sharp major

  • 1985

        Legend No.2 - St. Francois de Paule marchant sur les flots (Arr. Horowitz)

  • 1947

        Mephisto Waltz No.1    

  • 1926

  • 1928

  • 1932

        Mephisto Waltz No.1 (Arr. Busoni & Horowitz)

  • 1978-1979 (Arr. Busoni & Horowitz)

        Orage (from the Swiss Volume of Années de Pèlerinage)    

  • 1940

        Paganini Etude No.2 in E-flat major (Arr. Busoni)

  • 1926

  • 1928

  • 1932

  • 1939    [+]

        Paganini Etude No.3 in G-sharp minor (La Campanella)    

  • 1925-1927

  • 1929

        Paganini Etude No.5 in E major (La Chasse) (Arr. Horowitz)

  • 1930-1932

  • 1940

  • 1943

        Paganini Etude No.6 in A minor (Arr. Busoni)*    

  • 1926

  • 1929-1931

            * Horowitz may also have played both Liszt's original versions of this Etude.

        Polonaise No.2 in E major    

  • 1930-1931

        Concert Paraphrase on Verdi's opera Rigoletto    

  • 1930s

        Rhapsodie Espagnole    

  • 1926

  • 1928

        Reminiscences de Don Juan (after Mozart's opera)    

  • 1920

  • 1926

  • 1929

        Scherzo & March (Edited by Horowitz)

  • 1967

        Soirée de Vienne: Valse-Caprice No.6 (after Schubert)

  • 1985-1987

         Sonata in B minor

  • 1926-1928

  • 1930

  • 1932

  • 1934    [+]

  • 1936

  • 1941

  • 1946

  • 1949

  • 1951

  • 1976-1978

        Sonetto 47 del Petrarca (From the Italian year of Années de Pèlerinage)    

  • 1929

        Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (From the Italian year of Années de Pèlerinage)

  • 1926

  • 1939    [+]

  • 1941-1942

  • 1949-1950

  • 1975

  • 1977

  • 1985-1986

        Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (From the Italian year of Années de Pèlerinage)    

  • 1928-1930

  • 1932

  • 1943

        Tarantella from Venezia e Napoli    

  • 1924 and/or 1925

            - I don't have a concert program to support this, but Horowitz himself claimed to have performed this work in Leningrad during the 1924/1925 season.

        Vallée d'Obermann (Edited by Horowitz)

  • 1926

  • 1966

        Valse Oubliée No.1

  • 1926

  • 1928

  • 1932

  • 1935

  • 1939 and/or 1940

  • 1942-1943

  • 1945

  • 1947

  • 1949

  • 1951

  • 1975-1976

  • 1985-1986

 

 

Medtner, Nicolai

        Marche funèbre in B minor, Op.31 No.2    

  • 1930

        Fragment lyrique, Op.23 [unspecified]    

  • 1930

        Fairy Tale, Op.20 No.1    

  • 1930

        Fairy Tale, Op.20 No.2    

  • 1930

        (??) Sonata Reminiscenza, Op.38 No.1 (??)    

  • ???

            - This work was in Horowitz's repertoire according to Horowitz scholar Robert McAlear, but I've never seen any proofs supporting that he really played it live.

        Sonata in G minor, Op.22    

  • 1943

 

 

Mendelssohn, Felix

        Etude in A minor, Op.104b No.3

  • 1967

        Prelude & Fugue in F minor, Op.35 No.5    

  • 1939-1940    [+]

        Scherzo a Capriccio in F-sharp minor

  • 1979-1980

        Song Without Words: May Breezes, Op.62 No.1

  • 1947

  • 1950-1951

        Song Without Words: Spring Song, Op.62 No.6

  • 1926

        Song Without Words: Op.67 No.3

  • 1946

  • 1949

        Song Without Words: Spinning Song, Op.67 No.4    

  • 1926

        Song Without Words: Shepherd's Complaint, Op.67 No.5

  • 1946-1947

  • 1949

  • 1974

        Song Without Words: Elegie, Op.85 No.4

  • 1946

  • 1949

        (?) Song Without Words: The Bee's Wedding, Op.102 No.5 (?)    

  • ???

        Variations Sérieuses in D minor, Op.54

  • 1928

  • 1943

  • 1946-1947

  • 1950

        

 

Moszkowski, Moritz

        Etincelles, Op.36 No.6

  • 1951

  • 1975-1980

  • 1986-1987

        Etude in F major, Op.72 No.6

  • 1945-1949

  • 1968

  • 1985-1986

        Etude in A-flat major, Op.72 No.11

  • 1949-1950

  • 1965

 

 

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

        Adagio in B minor, K.540

  • 1986

        Gigue in G major, K.574    

  • 1920

        Rondo in D major, K.485

  • 1986-1987

        Sonata in E-flat major, K.282    

  • 1925-1926

        Sonata in C major, K.330

  • 1977-1978

  • 1985-1986

        Sonata in A major, K.331

  • 1947

  • 1948 (Turkish March only)

  • 1966

        Sonata in F major, K.332

  • 1947

        Sonata in B-flat major, K.333

  • 1951

  • 1987

        Sonata in F major for two pianos, K.497    

  • 1942

            - Horowitz only performed this work at private concerts together with his friend and colleague Sergei Rachmaninoff.

 

 

Mussorgsky, Modest

        Pictures at an Exhibition (Edited by Horowitz)

  • 1947-1949

  • 1951

 

 

Poulenc, Francis

        Intermezzo No.2 in D-flat major

  • 1947

        Trois Mouvements Perpetuels    

  • 1930

        Novellette No.1 in C major

  • 1949

  • 1951

        Pastourelle in B-flat major

  • 1932-1933

  • 1949

  • 1951

        Presto in B-flat major

  • 1947

        Toccata in C major

  • 1932-1933

  • 1949

  • 1951    [+]

  • 1966 (only as an encore in his Carnegie Hall recital on December 10 as far as I know)

        (??) Valse-Improvisation sur le nom de Bach (??)    

  • ???

            - This work was in Horowitz's repertoire according to Horowitz scholar Robert McAlear, but I've never seen any proofs supporting that he really played it live.

 

 

Prokofiev, Sergei

        Gavotte    

  • 1929-1930

  • 1933

        Intermezzo (from Cinderella, Op.95)

  • 1949

        Sonata No.3 in A minor, Op.28 (From Old Notebooks)    

  • 1931

  • 1936

        Sonata No.6 in A major, Op.82    

  • 1942

            - Horowitz gave the New York premiere of this Sonata on January 30 or January 31 (conflicting information) 1942 in Carnegie Hall.

        Sonata No.7 in B-flat major, Op.83

  • 1944-1946

  • 1951

  • 1953 (Precipitato only)

        Sonata No.8 in B-flat major, Op.84    

  • 1945

            - Horowitz gave the New York premiere of this Sonata on April 23, 1945 in Carnegie Hall, and also the Chicago premiere a couple of weeks earlier, on April 2 in the Orchestra Hall.

        Suggestion Diabolique, Op.4 No.4    

  • 1929-1930

        Toccata in D minor, Op.11

  • 1930-1931

  • 1943-1944

  • 1946-1951

        Valse Lente (from Cinderella, Op.95)

  • 1949

        Violin Concerto No.1 [Orchestra's part played on the piano]    

  • 1923

            - Horowitz gave the Russian premiere of this work together with Nathan Milstein on November 21 at the Moscow Conservatory.

        Selection of Visions Fugitives from Op.22 [unspecified]    

  • 1929 (?)

  • 1943-1944

            - Selection of six in 1929 and 1943, selection of eight in 1944.

 

 

Rachmaninoff, Sergei

        Barcarolle in G minor, Op.10 No.3

  • 1979

        Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.19 - Third movement

  • 1976

        Etude-Tableau in C major, Op.33 No.2

  • 1945

  • 1967

        Etude-Tableau in E-flat minor, Op.33 No.5

  • 1967

        Etude-Tableau in E-flat minor, Op.39 No.5

  • 1945

  • 1949

  • 1967

  • 1975-1976

  • 1979

        Etude-Tableau in C minor, Op.39 No.7

  • 1945

        Etude-Tableau in D major, Op.39 No.9

  • 1945

  • 1949

  • 1966-1967

  • 1969

  • 1975-1976

        Humoresque in G major, Op.10 No.5

  • 1979

        Moment Musical in E-flat minor, Op.16 No.2

  • 1977-1978

        Moment Musical in B minor, Op.16 No.3

  • 1968

  • 1977-1978

        Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30

  • 1920

  • 1923

  • 1928-1935    [+]

  • 1940-1943

  • 1950-1951

  • 1978

        Polka de W.R. (After Franz Behr)

  • 1977-1982

  • 1986-1987

        Prelude in G minor, Op.23 No.5

  • 1943-1944

  • 1948

  • 1980-1982

  • 1985

        Prelude in E-flat major, Op.23 No.6    

  • 1943-1944

        Prelude in C minor, Op.23 No.7    

  • 1943-1944

        Prelude in E minor, Op.32 No.4    

  • 1943

        Prelude in G major, Op.32 No.5

  • 1943-1944

  • 1948

  • 1966 (only as an encore in his Carnegie Hall recital on December 10 as far as I know)

  • 1975

  • 1977-1978

  • 1981

  • 1986

        Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op.32 No.12

  • 1943-1944

  • 1966

  • 1968

  • 1976

  • 1981-1982

  • 1985-1986

        Romances for voice and piano, Op.8    

  • Early 1920s

        Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.36 (Edited by Horowitz)

  • 1920

  • 1943

  • 1968

  • 1975-1977 (finale only, given as encore)

  • 1979-1980

  • 1982

  • 1983 (finale only, given as encore)

        Suite No.1 for two pianos, Op.5 (Fantaisie-Tableaux)    

  • 1942

            - Horowitz only performed this work in private concerts together with the composer.

        Suite No.2 for two pianos, Op.17    

  • 1942

            - Horowitz only performed this work in private concerts together with the composer.

        Symphonic Dances for two pianos, Op.45    

  • 1942

            - Horowitz only performed this work in private concerts together with the composer.

        Trio Élégiaque in D minor, Op.9    

  • 1932

        (?) Variations on a theme by Chopin, Op.22 (?)    

  • ???

                

 

Ravel, Maurice

        Alborada del Gracioso (from Miroirs)    

  • 1926

        Jeux d'eau    

  • 1926

  • 1928

        Oiseaux tristes (from Miroirs)    

  • 1926

  • 1931-1933    [+]

        Scarbo (from Gaspard de la Nuit)    

  • 1932-1933

  • 1940

        Sonatine    

  • 1926

  • 1928

 

 

Saint-Saëns, Camille

        Danse Macabre, Op.40 (Arr. Liszt)*

  • 1926

  • 1928

  • 1933

  • 1939 and/or 1940

            * Piano Roll exists.

        Danse Macabre, Op.40 (Arr. Liszt & Horowitz)

  • 1942

        Violin Sonata in D minor    

  • Early 1920s

 

 

Sarasate, Pablo de

        Fantaisie de Concert sur Carmen de Georges Bizet, Op.25    

  • Early 1920s

 

 

Scarlatti, Domenico

        Sonata in F major, K.17 (L.406)

  • 1941-1942

        Sonata in E major, K.20 (Capriccio, Arr. Tausig)

  • 1928

  • 1930-1931

        Sonata in C minor, K.37 (L.406)

  • 1941-1942

        Sonata in E major, K.46

  • 1946-1947

        Sonata in G major, K.55

  • 1967-1968

        Sonata in B minor, K.87

  • 1935

  • 1944

  • 1947

  • 1981-1982

  • 1985-1986

        Sonata in A major, K.101

  • 1967

  • 1981-1982

        Sonata in G major, K.125

  • 1935

        Sonata in A-flat major, K.127

  • 1981-1982

        Sonata in E major, K.135

  • 1981-1982

  • 1985-1986

        Sonata in D major, K.161    

  • 1944

        Sonata in F minor, K.184

  • 1981-1982

        Sonata in A minor, K.188

  • 1943

  • 1946

        Sonata in G major, K.260

  • 1967-1968

        Sonata in F-sharp major, K.319

  • 1967

        Sonata in A major, K.322

  •     1941-1942
  • 1947-1949

  • 1951

  • 1974-1978

        Sonata in E major, K.380

  • 1944

  • 1946

  • 1948-1951

  • 1966

  • 1968

  • 1975

  • 1986

        Sonata in F major, K.446    

  • 1943

        Sonata in G major, K.455

  • 1943-1944

  • 1947

        Sonata in F minor, K.466

  • 1967-1968

  • 1981-1982

        Sonata in F minor, K.481

  • 1966

        Sonata in D major, K.491

  • 1947

        (??) Sonata in C major, K.514 (??)    

  • ???

        Sonata in E major, K.531

  • 1946-1947

        Sonata in A major, K.533 (L.395)

  • 1941-1942

 

Schubert, Franz

        Impromptu in G-flat major, Op.90 No.3

  • 1948-1949

  • 1980

  • 1987

        Impromptu in B-flat major, Op.142 No.3

  • 1985-1986

        Marche Militaire in D-flat major, Op.51 No.1 (Arr. Tausig & Horowitz)

  • 1932    [+]

  • 1942

        Moment Musical in F minor, Op.94 No.3

  • 1985-1987

        Sonata in A major, Op.120    

  • 1939 and/or 1940

  • 1942

        Sonata No.21 in B-flat major, D.960

  • 1953

        Song: Erlkönig (Arr. Liszt)    

  • 1926

        Song: Liebesbotschaft (Arr. Liszt)

  • 1926

  • 1928

        Song cycle: Winterreise, Op.89    

  • 1920

              

 

Schumann, Robert

        Des Abends, Op.12 No.1 (from Fantasiestücke)    

  • 1933

        Arabeske, Op.18

  • 1926

  • 1933-1934

  • 1940-1941

  • 1943

  • 1946

  • 1949

  • 1952

  • 1967-1968

  • 1976

  • 1978

  • 1986

        Blumenstück, Op.19

  • 1943

  • 1950

  • 1966

  • 1975-1976

        Carnaval - Scènes Mignonnes sur quatre notes, Op.9

  • 1926

  • 1983

        Dichterliebe, Op.48

  • 1976: May 18 in Carnegie Hall with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (only known performance)

        Etudes Symphoniques, Op.13    

  • 1920

        Drei Fantasiestücke, Op.111

  • 1979-1980

        Fantasie in C major, Op.17

  • 1926

  • 1939-1940    [+]

  • 1946

  • 1965

        Humoresque in B-flat major, Op.20

  • 1934-1935

  • 1978-1979

        Kinderszenen, Op.15

  • 1950-1951    [+]

  • 1974-1975

  • 1982

  • 1987

        Kreisleriana, Op.16

  • 1968

  • 1985-1986

        Nachtstück in D-flat major, Op.23 No.3 (Nächtliches Gelage)

  • 1979-1980

        Nachtstück in F major, Op.23 No.4 (Rundgesang mit Solostimmen)

  • 1979-1980

        (??) Novellette in E major, Op.21 No.7 (??)    

  • ???

            - This work was in Horowitz's repertoire according to Horowitz scholar Robert McAlear, but I've never seen any proofs supporting that he really played it live.

        Novellette in F-sharp minor, Op.21 No.8    

  • 1926

  • 1928

        Unspecified Paganini-Etude    

  • 1944

            - According to a reivew of Horowitz's March 14, 1944 recital in Carnegie Hall Horowitz gave one of Schumann's Paganini Etudes as an encore. Could they actually have meant one of LISZT's Paganini Etudes???

        Presto Passionato, Op.22

  • 1933

        Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op.44    

  • 1920

        Romances, Op.28    

  • 1924 and/or 1925

            - I don't have a concert program to support this, but Horowitz himself claimed to have performed this work in Leningrad during the 1924/1925 season.

        Grand Sonata No.3 in F minor - Concerto Without Orchestra, Op.14

  • 1975-1976

        Toccata in C major, Op.7

  • 1933-1935    [+]

  • 1940 (also 1939?)

        Traumeswirren, Op.12 No.7 (from Fantasiestücke)

  • 1933

        Träumerei, Op.15 No.7 (from Kinderszenen)

  • 1946-1949

  • 1951

  • 1965

  • 1967-1969

  • 1975-1980

  • 1982

  • 1985-1986

            - Naturally, he also played it each time he performed the Kinderszenen as a complete set, but it was during the years above he played it as a single piece, on all occassions as an encore.

        Variations on a theme by Clara Wieck (from the Sonata in F minor, Op.14)

  • 1947

  • 1949

  • 1951

            - Also during the 1975/1976 season when he performed the entire Sonata live of course, but it was only during the years given above which he played it as a single work without the rest of the movements.

                

 

Scriabin, Alexander

        Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.2 No.1

  • 1949-1951

  • 1965

  • 1969

  • 1974-1975

  • 1985-1986

        Etude in C-sharp major, Op.8 No.1

  • 1980

        Etude in F-sharp minor, Op.8 No.2

  • 1980

        Etude in A-flat major, Op.8 No.8

  • 1980

        Etude in E-flat minor, Op.8 No.9    

  • 1952

            - This Etude was listed in the program for Horowitz's Ann Arbor recital on November 19 1952, in the other programs from this season I am aware of he played Op.8 No.11 instead however. Could this have been a program error, did they mean Op.8 No.11?

        Etude in D-flat major, Op.8 No.10

  • 1969

  • 1980

        Etude in B-flat minor, Op.8 No.11

  • 1953

  • 1969

  • 1980

        Etude in D-sharp minor, Op.8 No.12

  • 1948

  • 1968

  • 1974

  • 1976

  • 1980-1982

  • 1985-1986

        Etude in F-sharp major, Op.42 No.3

  • 1969

        Etude in F-sharp major, Op.42 No.4

  • 1948

  • 1969

        Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.42 No.5

  • 1952-1953

  • 1969

        Etude, Op.65 No.2

  • 1969

        Etude, Op.65 No.3

  • 1969

        (?) Fantasy, Op.28 (?)    

  • ???

        Poème in F-sharp major, Op.32 No.1

  • 1948-1949

  • 1965

        Prelude for the left hand alone, Op.9 No.1

  • 1977-1979

        Sonata No.5, Op.53

  • 1974-1976

        Sonata No.9, Op.68 (Black Mass)

  • 1952-1953

  • 1965

        Sonata No.10, Op.70

  • 1965*

  • 1966

            * Only on November 9, a rehearsal in Carnegie Hall with a specially invited audience of ca 200 people.

        Vers la flamme, Op.72

  • 1948-1949

  • 1974

 

 

Smith, John Stafford

        The Star Spangled Banner (Arr. Horowitz)

  • 1941-1943*

  • 1945*

  • 1978 (February 26 at the White House in Washington)

           * Note: As far as I know Horowitz frequently opened his concerts with the American national anthemn throughout the second worldwar, so he probably played it in 1940 and 1944 as well, maybe even in 1939, it's just that I haven't found any reviews proving that from those years yet. But.... I think it's a pretty safe thing to say anyway.

 

 

Sousa, John Philip

        The Stars and Stripes Forever (Arr. Horowitz)

  • 1945-1946

  • 1948-1949

  • 1951

 

 

Stravinsky, Igor

        Trois Mouvements de Pétrouchka (Edited by Horowitz)    

  • 1931-1932

        Danse Russe from Pétrouchka (Edited by Horowitz)

  • 1933-1935 (also 1932?)

            - Naturally, also during the 1931/1932 season as part of the complete set, but the years given above were those when he played it alone, always as a program closer or encore.

 

 

Szymanowski, Karol

        Violin Concerto No.1 [Orchestra's part played on the piano]    

  • 1923

            - Horowitz gave the Russian premiere of this work together with Nathan Milstein on November 21 at the Moscow Conservatory.

        Three Mazurkas from Op.50 [unspecified]    

  • 1931

        Mythes, Op.30    

  • 1923

        Nocturne & Tarentelle for violin & piano, Op.28    

  • 1923

 

 

Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich

        Dumka, Op.59

  • 1928

  • 1945

        Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Op.23

  • 1926

  • 1928

  • 1930    [+]

  • 1932-1934    [+]

  • 1940-1944    [+]

  • 1948-1950

  • 1953

        Trio in A minor, Op.50 - First Movement

  • 1976: May 18 in Carnegie Hall, NYC (only known performance)

 

 

Vivaldi, Antonio

        Concerto in D minor (Arr. Bach [& Stradal?])    

  • 1926

 

 


 

Appendix

Works Horowitz is known to have performed ONLY prior to his graduation in 1920, never during his professional career

 

 
 

Beethoven, Ludwig van

        (?) Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.38 (?)    

  • During the student years at the conservatory

            - Horowitz is known to have played this at the conservatory, but whether he played it in any public concerts I'm not sure of. He does not seem to have performed the concerto after his graduation.

        

 

Borodin, Alexander

        Undetermined works    

  • Before the university years

        

 

Dohnányi, Ernst von

        Undetermined works    

  • Before the university years

        

 

Grieg, Edvard

        Ballade in G minor - Variations on a Norwegian Melody, Op.24    

  • During the student years at the conservatory

        Undetermined Lyric Pieces    

  • Before 1920 (conservatory and earlier)

        

 

Paderewski, Ignacy Jan

        Mélodie [undetermined]    

  • 1914

            - Played for Alexander Scriabin in Kiev. Horowitz also played Borodin's Au couvent and an unspecified waltz by Chopin for the great composer at this rushed meeting which was scheduled just a couple of hours before one of Scriabin's concerts.

        

 

Rachmaninoff, Sergei

        (?) Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 (?)    

  • During the student years at the conservatory

            - Horowitz is known to have played this while studying at the conservatory, but wheter he performed it in any public concerts I don't know. Horowitz said he "played it in Russia", so chances are he performed it live in the years after his graduation in 1920 as well, but I have never found any proofs supporting that.

        Six Morceaux for piano duet, Op.11    

  • Before the university years

 

 



Many thanks to Robert McAlear, Max Massei & Yoshioko Ishii for providing valuable info for this section

 

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