The three volumes of the “Années de pèlerinage” (Years of Pilgrimage) are a core part of Liszt’s pianistic output. While the first two collections comprise travel impressions from Switzerland and Italy in the 1830s, this final one, published only after a long interval in 1883, reflects a spiritual journey. It is the expression of the changed circumstances of the composer, who had taken minor holy orders in Rome in 1865 and henceforth called himself the “Abbé Liszt”.
Several newly-discovered or newly-accessible sources have been consulted for Henle Urtext’s revised edition, with the accompanying texts reflecting the latest state of research. French pianist Cédric Tiberghien provides the fingering.
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The volumes of Années de Pèlerinage (Years of pilgrimage) by Franz Liszt (1811 – 86) published in 1855, 1858 and 1883 are now part of the core piano repertoire, but their significance as distinctive, strongly biographical contributions to the genre of Romantic character pieces was only recognised and acknowledged posthumously. Whilst the first two volumes are based on … more
About the composer
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.
|1811||Born 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.|
|1822||Relocation of the family to Vienna, studies with Carl Czerny and Antonio Salieri.|
|1823||Relocation of the family to Paris. Composition studies with Ferdinando Paër and Antonín Reicha (1826). Performances in salons, concerts.|
|1824–27||Concert tours through France, to England and Switzerland. Composition of opera paraphrases for piano.|
|1830||Acquaintance with Berlioz, self-study by reading. He becomes Parisian society’sfavourite pianist and piano teacher.|
|1835||He moves to Switzerland with Countess Marie d’Agoult: their first child together, Blandine-Rachel, is born here. He continues concertizing in Paris.|
|from 1839||Continuous concert tours throughout Europe.|
|from 1847||Symphonic 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”).|
|1848–61||Kapellmeister in Weimar; he advocates for progressive music (Wagner, Schumann, Berlioz).|
|1857–62||Oratorio, “The Legend of St. Elisabeth.”|
|1861–68||Resident in Rome.|
|1865||Takes minor holy orders.|
|1871||Appointed Hungarian court councilor; he lives in Rome, Weimar, and Budapest.|
|1886||Death in Bayreuth on July 31.|