Franz Liszt
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
S . 161 No. 5
from Années de pèlerinage, Second Year: Italy

Here, Liszt transforms Italian love poetry into passionate solo piano music. In Petrarch's poem, Pace non trovo (I Find no Peace), the poet is torn by wildly contrasting emotions, skilfully mirrored in Liszt's music.

ID: 945
Key: N/A
Year: 1858
Level: 8+
Period: Early Romantic
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I Find No Peace

From the more than three hundred sonnets of Petrarca’s Canzoniere, Franz Liszt set three pieces to music. The first, Sonnet 47, celebrates the dawning of love, when the poet first looks into his mistress' eyes. Sonnet 104, Pace non trovo (‘I Find no Peace’) is agitated, dramatic and full of wildly contrasting emotions, skilfully mirrored in Liszt's music. . The final Sonnet 123 praises the heavenly beauty of the adored. The vocal element can still be recognized in the piano versions including recitative and aria sections.

I find no peace, and all my war is done.
I fear and hope. I burn and freeze like ice.
I fly above the wind, yet can I not arise;
And nought I have, and all the world I season.
I feed me in sorrow and laugh in all my pain;
Likewise displeaseth me both life and death,
And my delight is causer of this strife.


The three Petrarca Sonnets exist in a version for voice and piano, a first version for solo piano during the same period and published in 1846, and this final version published twelve years later in the Années de pèlerinage: Deuxième année, Italie together with other pieces inspired by Italian poetry, painting, and sculpture.

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Franz Liszt, one of the prominent composers active in the Early Romantic era, has written this piece titled Sonetto 104 No. 5 from Années de pèlerinage, Second Year: Italy. The composition is categorized as "Piece" in Piano Street's sheet music library and the level of difficulty is 8+.