Tag Archives: Franz Liszt

…To sleep, perchance to dream … or not … Two Nocturnes by Liszt

We’ve all been there; those nights when your head hits the pillow, tiredness overtakes you, and sleep comes quickly and quietly. Sweet dreams… Then there are the other nights; those when you toss and turn, and thoughts, fears and questions … Continue reading

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Liszt’s 200th Birthday – today!

As a small child, I used to stare closely at this cover of an *LP of Liszt’s music in my parents’ record collection, fascinated by the patterns, shapes and colours.  One day I suddenly realised that the individual fragments, when viewed as a … Continue reading

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Review…’ Liszt fervently rendered’

LISZT: Annees de Pelerinage: Deuxieme Anne: Italie = Sposalizio; Il Penseroso; Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa; Three Petrarch Sonnets; Apres une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata; Annees de Pelerinage: Premiere Annee: Au lac de Wallenstadt; Au bord d’une source; Annees … Continue reading

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Lisztomania hits London

Lisztomania, the Royal College of Music’s Liszt Festival celebrating the bicentenary of his birth, gets underway on March 4. It features solo and duo performances, a lecture-recital from Leslie Howard, a masterclass with Tamas Vasary, works for organ, and Csárdás – a whole day of … Continue reading

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Sorting the Musical Souvenirs – Le Mal du Pays and Orage

You know how it is after a holiday; you return laden with souvenirs and memories. With time, only the best or most meaningful items remain on display, while others are tucked away or discarded; and the mind filters and forgets all but … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Au bord d’une source – played by Liszt’s pupil

Here is another beautiful water piece from the Swiss Year of Pilgrimage, and one which was revised after it first appeared in the Album d’un voyageur. The German literary quote attached is by Schiller, and translates: ‘In murmuring coolness the play of young … Continue reading

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To Franz Liszt – Letter from a Traveller

Actually, it sounds better in the original French – Lettre d’un Voyageur – the title of a letter from George Sand printed as an article in the Revue des deux mondes in September 1835, the addressee ‘mon cher Franz’. It is assumed that Liszt’s  … Continue reading

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A Musician’s Life: a Long Dissonance with no Final Resolution

‘Truly speaking, my friend, there is nothing quite as ludicrous as the travelling musician. I do not know of anyone who cuts a more pitiable figure or wears a more disagreeable expression as he journeys from land to land, city … Continue reading

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2011 – Liszt’s Année de Pèlerinage.

  On 1 June 1835, Franz Liszt departed from Paris on a public coach bound for Switzerland; he was to meet Countess Marie d’Agoult in Basel, who had left her husband and daughters for him. Their life together lasted for … Continue reading

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