About Franz Liszt's Années de pèlerinage, supplement: Venezia e Napoli
The three works here were published as a supplement to the second book of Années de pélerinage.
Composed after that set, their inspiration nevertheless came from the same source: Liszt´s Italian travels of the late 1830s. There is an earlier set (1840) of the same name, containing the first versions of the Gondoliera and the Tarantella.
In all three pieces, Liszt borrows from other composers: the Gondoliera is based on a popular Venetian song by Peruchini, the Canzone is based on Nessun maggior dolore from Rossini’s Otello, and the Tarantella uses themes from the French-born Italian composer and collector of songs Guillaume-Louis Cottrau.