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Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude
7 difficult


Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude comes from the 1853 piano cycle Harmonies poétiques et religieuses by Franz Liszt (1811– 86). Back in 1835 Liszt had already published an individual piano piece under the title Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, after Alphonse de Lamartine’s volume of poetry of that name from 1830. Musically, this piece was unusually challenging and pr... more


About the Composer


Franz Liszt

The most famous piano virtuoso of the nineteenth century is regarded as the most influential artist and composer (with Berlioz, Wagner) of the so-called New German School. His immense musical oeuvre comprises, above all else, works for solo piano, including numerous transcriptions; he also devised the symphonic poem. Important, too, are his sacred and secular choral works and songs.

1811Born in Doborján/Raiding (Sopron) on October 22, son of an official in the service of Prince Esterházy. First piano lessons from his father, early first attempts at composition, first public performance at age nine.
1822Relocation of the family to Vienna, studies with Carl Czerny and Antonio Salieri.
1823Relocation of the family to Paris. Composition studies with Ferdinando Paër and Antonín Reicha (1826). Performances in salons, concerts.
1824–27Concert tours through France, to England and Switzerland. Composition of opera paraphrases for piano.
1830Acquaintance with Berlioz, self-study by reading. He becomes Parisian society’sfavourite pianist and piano teacher.
1835He moves to Switzerland with Countess Marie d’Agoult: their first child together, Blandine-Rachel, is born here. He continues concertizing in Paris.
from 1839Continuous concert tours throughout Europe.
from 1847Symphonic poems, including No. 2, “Tasso: lamento e trionfo”; No. 1, “Ce qu‘on entend sur la montagne” (‘Bergsymphonie,’ ‘Mountain Symphony’); “A Faust Symphony in Three Character Pictures”; “A Symphony to Dante’s Divine Comedy” (‘Dante Symphony’); as well as [No. 11], “Hunnenschlacht” (“Battle of the Huns”).
1848–61Kapellmeister in Weimar; he advocates for progressive music (Wagner, Schumann, Berlioz).
1857–62Oratorio, “The Legend of St. Elisabeth.”
1861–68Resident in Rome.
1865Takes minor holy orders.
1866–72Oratorio, “Christus.”
1871Appointed Hungarian court councilor; he lives in Rome, Weimar, and Budapest.
1886Death in Bayreuth on July 31.

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About the Authors

Ernst-Günter Heinemann (Editor)

Dr. Ernst-Günter Heinemann, born in 1945 in Bad Marienberg (Westerwald), completed his schooling in Gießen and read musicology, philosophy and German in Marburg and Frankfurt/Main and also for some time Protestant church music. He did his doctorate on “Franz Liszts geistliche Musik. Zum Konflikt von Kunst und Engagement”.

From 1978–2010 Heinemann worked as an editor at G. Henle Publishers (in 1978 in Duisburg, from 1979 onwards in Munich). He edited a great many Urtext editions for the publishing house, including “Das Wohltemperierte Klavier”, Volume 1 by Bach and all of Debussy’s piano works. In addition, he wrote essays on Debussy, Grieg, Liszt, Mendelssohn and questions concerning general editing, as well as giving seminars on editorial practice for musicology students in Munich.

Deze bijzonder moeilijke partituur is, zoals we van Henle gewend zijn, voorbeeldig gestoken en ook het gedicht van Lamartine (alsmede een Duitse en Engelse vertaling) zijn niet vergeten.

Piano Wereld, 2010

I am sure these new Liszt editions of standard works from the ‘bravura repertoire’ will be well … received.

Piano Journal, 2010

It also comes with a fascinating appendix in the form of a shortened and simplified version of the piece, seemingly arranged by Liszt for Baroness Meyendorff, ...

Piano Journal, 2010



Franz Liszt Années de pèlerinage, Première Année - Suisse
Editor: Peter Jost
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 1490

€24.00 available

€24.00 available
Further editions of this title
Franz Liszt Après une Lecture du Dante - Fantasia quasi Sonata
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 981

€15.50 available

€15.50 available
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Franz Liszt Spinning Song from “The Flying Dutchman” (Richard Wagner)
Arrangement for Piano, Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 585

€11.00 available

€11.00 available
Further editions of this title