Franz Liszt: Legend No.2 “St. Francois de Paule marchant sur le flots”

‘St. Frances of Paola Walking on the Water’  ‘Among the numerous miracles of St. Francis of Paola, the legend celebrates that which he performed in crossing the Straits of Messina.  The boatmen refused to burden their barque with such an insignificant looking person, but he paying no attention to this, walked across the sea with a firm tread’…Franz Liszt The story is beautifully captured in Liszt’s music.  The calm strength of the opening hymn-like music is throughout the piece pitted against the roaring and crashing of the waves (represented by rushing scales and tremolos), finally emerging victorious in a glorious … Continue reading Franz Liszt: Legend No.2 “St. Francois de Paule marchant sur le flots”

Kossuth-A Symphonic Poem

Bartok’s Kossuth, A Symphonic Tone Poem Kossuth, a symphonic poem written by Béla Bartók in 1903, was written in honor of the Hungarian politician Lajos Kossuth, a hero of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. Bartók’s symphonic poem music tells the story of Kossuth, starting with a portrait of him, recounting the revolution and in the eight movements paints a picture of the Austrians approaching by using a minor key parody of the Austrian National Anthem, the ensuing battle and defeat of the Hungarians. The music of Richard Strauss had a strong influence on Bartók, in particular his symphonic poem Ein … Continue reading Kossuth-A Symphonic Poem

Funérailles – Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses

Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses is a piano suite comprised of ten compositions, Liszt dedicated the suite to his companion princess Sayn-Wittgenstein. I. Invocation II.   Ave Maria III.  Benediction de Deus dans la Solitude IV.  Pensee des Morts V.  Pater Noster VI.  Hymne de L’enfant a Son Reveil VII.   Funerailles VIII.   Miserere D’Apres Palestrina VIIII   Andante Lagrimoso X.      Cantique d’Amour Many innovative concepts are explored in this suite such as constantly changing meters, no key signatures in addition to emphasis on the tritone.  Liszt develops these innovations further in his later compositions.  Fifty years later … Continue reading Funérailles – Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses