Beethoven Sonata Op. 109 Liszt Petrarch Sonnet 104 Liszt arr. Schubert Gretchen am Spinnrade, Auf dem Wasser zu singen Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 10 in F minor, “Appasionata” The
The Beethoven Sonata 109 transports the listener to hitherto extraordinary realm of thought and imagination, with lyrical charm, structural grandeur and daring treatment of key relations. Liszt’s Petrach Sonnets are transcriptions of his own songs, inspired by the poetry of Italian Renaissance poet Francesca Petrarca. Each is a mediation on love itself. Within the Sonnet 104, Liszt compares and explains the unearthly origin of the will of feeling, and discovers the meaning of life, and love as a vital force.
Liszt’s transcriptions of Schubert’s songs, Auf dem Wasser zu singen (To be sung on the water), describes a scene on the water of a narrator who is in a boat, and the narrator’s reflections on the passing of time. Gretchen am Spinnrade (Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel) is one of Schubert’s most famous lieder. The piano mimics the whirr of the spinning wheel, the treadle pedal, and reflects Gretchen’s agitated thoughts and loss of peace as she thinks about Faust. The passionate and stormy Liszt Transcendental Etude in F minor concludes the recital.
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