About three years after the publication of the second volume of his “Années de Pèlerinage” (Italy), Liszt added a supplement to this collection: the triptych “Venezia e Napoli”. For this he reworked two of four pieces which he had already composed in 1840 after a journey to Italy, grouping them around an adaptation of the gondola song “Nessun maggior dolore” from Rossini’s “Otello”. It is diffi cult to imagine the piano repertoire without the furious “Tarantella” in particular, which brings this supplement to a close after the two rather lyrical pieces “Gondoliera” and “Canzone”. With the publication of this supplement all works pertaining to the “Années de Pèlerinage” are now available in Henle Urtext.
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The three pieces gathered under the title Venezia e Napoli rank among the most popular piano works of Franz Liszt (1811–86). He had them published in 1861 by B. Schott’s Söhne in Mainz as an independent supplement to volume II of his Années de Pèlerinage. These musical pilgrimages, which number three volumes in total, were written at very different times. The pieces in … 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.|
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De Liszt-uitgaves van Henle zijn altijd een wonder van overzichtelijkheid, zeker gezien de hoeveelheid noten. Wat daar sterk aan bijdraagt is dat de versierende coloraturen in een kleiner notenbeeld worden gestoken, zodat de structuur van de compositie niet wordt ondergesneeuwd, maar helder overeind blijft.
Pianists and students of Liszt can now rejoice that with this publication, the complete Années de Pèlerinage in four volumes is now available in a reliable 'Urtext' from Henle.