Eglogue and Pastorale – and Liszt’s pupil’s edition

Thanks to IMSLP, the three volumes of the Années de Pèlerinage, and the Venezia e Napoli supplement, can be viewed online in a Breitkopf and Härtel edition with a Vorwart and Revisionsbericht by José Vianna da Motta, Liszt’s Portuguese pupil, who taught at the Geneva Conservatoire of Music during World War I; the Revisionsbericht concludes with the words Genf. An Liszts Geburtstag, 22. Oktober 1916. The Conservatoire opened in Autumn 1835 – and Liszt taught there while resident in Geneva.

Below is José Vianna da Motta’s recording of the Eglogue from the  Année – Suisse. The title comes from Virgils’s Eclogues, pastoral poems also known as ‘bucolics’; the music is a fresh and appealing setting of a Swiss shepherd’s song.  Byron again provides the quote from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage:

‘The morn is up again, the dewy morn

With breath all incense, and with cheek all bloom

Laughing the cloud away with playful scorn

And living as if earth contain’d no tomb.’

Kretschmer’s illustration for Eglogue in the first edition pictured a garden urn on a pillar, garlanded with leaves and  flowers. For the Pastorale, another delightful, lilting piece which includes an ancient alphorn melody, he drew a mountainous, rustic scene in which a boy is playing an alphorn next to a few bemused goats and some cattle.

Lazar Berman plays it here.

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