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Revolution and Religion in the Music of Liszt

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  • Date Published: October 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521083515

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  • This study of a hitherto neglected aspect of Liszt and his music aims to restore a balanced view of both man and artist. In contrast to the familiar portrayal of the virtuoso pianist, Liszt is considered here as a serious man of ideas: in tracing the composer's relationships and attitudes to the twin themes of revolution and religion, Paul Merrick finds much of Liszt's music, both secular and sacred, to be inspired by the same deeply felt religious conviction that also governed his private life from an early age. The first part of the book is primarily biographical and considers Liszt's reactions to the revolutions of 1830 and 1848, his relationship with the Abbe Lamennais, the Comtesse d' Agoult, Princess Wittgenstein and Wagner, and contains the first convincing explanation for the sudden cancellation of Liszt's marriage to Princess Wittgenstein. The remaining sections consider the church music and the programmatic music that is related to this.

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    • Date Published: October 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521083515
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. 1830: a revolutionary symphony
    2. 1834: Lamennais and Words of a Believer
    3. 1848: revolutions and a Mass
    4. Weimar: Liszt, the Church and Wagner
    5. 1861: Rome, Cardinal Hohenlohe and Princess Wittgenstein
    6. 1865: minor orders
    Part II:
    7. Liszt and Palestrina: the plan to reform church music
    8. The Masses
    9. The psalms
    10. The oratorios St Elizabeth and Christus
    11. The shorter choral works
    12. The late religious works and Les Morts
    Part III:
    13. Liszt's programmatic use of fugue
    14. Liszt's Cross motif and the Piano Sonata in B minor
    15. Liszt's path as a composer.

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    Paul Merrick

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