FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)

“Wenn die letzten Sterne bleichen”
 Lied für Singstimme und Klavier op. post.
Vorwort: Rolf Griebel - Kommentar: Sigrid von Moisy,
Sabine Kurth

[Lied, soprano & piano]

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Munich, 2007. Oblong, 30 x 26 cm, xviii, 4, vi pp. Deluxe full-color facsimile issued on the occasion of the rediscovery of the manuscript in 2007. The piece dates from 1843 and is dedicated to Graf Franz von Pocci of Munich. The song was apparently written ad hoc at one of the social gatherings at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof and sung for the first time by Armgard von Arnim who had a lovely soprano voice and was admired by Liszt. The 24-bar song is a striking example of the composer's ability to capture the message of the poem in a concentrated musical form in only a few steps. The facsimile enables us to see how quickly Liszt jotted down and corrected the song and it is not surprising the he omitted elements that do not belong to the core substance of the musical text, for example, accidentals, clefs, dynamic markings, phrasing & articulation are lacking.  Commentary in Ger-Eng, together with modern edition. Handsome binding with blue paper boards, and pasted label. $78 

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Wenn die letzten Sterne bleichen

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