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Franz Liszt: Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses

One of Liszt’s most personal and confessional piano cycles, the Harmonies poétiques et religieuses contains two of his best-loved masterpieces – the serenely contemplative Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude (No. 3) and the heroic elegy Funérailles (No.7). The title is taken from a group of poems by Alphonse de Lamartine which inspired the set. Several of the pieces are headed by excerpts from the Lamartine poems, giving insight into Liszt´s programmatic intentions.
The cycle was composed in the years immediately after Liszt had abandoned the concert stage, persuaded by his lover Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein to concentrate on composition.
Many of the pieces here were written at Woronince, the Ukrainian country estate of Sayn-Wittgenstein.

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Collection ID: 118
TitleASTKey Composed Type Level
Invocation No. 1E Major 1852 Piece 8+
Ave Maria No. 2B-flat Major 1852 Piece 8+
Benediction of God in Solitude No. 3F-sharp Major 1852 Piece 8+
Thoughts of the Dead No. 4N/A 1852 Piece 8+
Pater Noster No. 5C Major 1852 Piece 8+
Hymn of the Child on Awakening No. 6A-flat Major 1852 Piece 8+
Funérailles No. 7F Minor 1852 Piece 8+
Miserere, after Palestrina No. 8E Major 1852 Piece 8+
Andante lagrimoso No. 9N/A 1852 Piece 8+
Hymn of Love No. 10E Major 1852 Piece 8+

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