Liszt – Vol. 5, Harmonies poétiques et religieuses


Liszt, Vol. 5, Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, excerpts tr. D. Piana:

  • No. 2, Ave Maria
  • No. 4, Pensées des morts, Adagio
  • No. 6, Hymne de l’enfant à son réveil

17 pages, Difficulty  (7/8/9)

The compositions included in this collection, all excerpted from Liszt’s Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, provide an opportunity to perform advanced-level and highly expressive music for meditative occasions. This is Liszt the mystic speaking, transcending the difficulties of life into spiritual experiences.

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Whether you are into Marian devotion, simply like Mary as a symbol of unconditional love or view her as femininity incarnate, this Ave Maria appeals with its catchy tune and makes a good companion to other Ave Maria’s already in the Harpiana catalogue, composed either by Liszt or several harpist-composers.

The title Pensées des morts, to be translated literally as Thoughts of the Deceased, or more poetically, In Memory of the Dead, may sound stark, but this music bears an uncanny resemblance to the famous Moonlight Sonata, and offers both poignant and consoling vibes to the heart.

Hymne de l’enfant à son réveil, Hymn of the Child upon Arising, distinguishes itself with simple but direct expression, imbued with a childlike sense of wonder that gradually grows to reveal pure elevation of soul.


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Weight 1 oz