Liszt's Final Decade (Eastman Studies in Music)
towards the tip of his existence Franz Liszt maintained large correspondence with ladies who have been on the time his closest confidantes, Carolyne von Sayn-Wittgenstein and Olga von Meyendorff. Liszt wrote to them usually, expressing his intimate emotions approximately own and profession occasions and his conflicted self-image as a celebrated performer yet underappreciated composer. Absent a diary, the letters supply the main direct road into Liszt's psyche in his ultimate years. Liszt's ultimate Decade explores via those letters the brain and track of 1 of the 19th century's preferred musicians, supplying perception into Liszt's melancholia in his final years and his fight to realize acceptance for his tune but steer clear of feedback. The trade exhibits that Liszt eventually resolved his internal clash via a individually developed Christian ethical philosophy that embraced confident resignation to pain, compassionate love, and belief in a simply gift to come back. The e-book additionally examines how Liszt's overdue sacred compositions verify the yielding of pain to pleasure and desire. considerably, Liszt considered those works, normally missed at the present time, as an important a part of his compositional legacy. This quantity therefore demanding situations the belief of a unmarried "late" Lisztian kind and the concept that melancholy beaten the composer in his ultimate years. Dolores Pesce is the Avis Blewett Professor of track in Arts and Sciences at Washington collage in St. Louis.
Que j’écris, et n’admettent element que je sois autre selected qu’un pianiste trop applaudi. De bien meilleurs et plus hauts que moi ont été et sont encore plus maltraité. Ce n’est element consolant, mais instructif; et je profite volontiers de l’instruction.” eleven. For an summary of the hot York scene in those a long time, see Horowitz, Classical song in the USA, 148–52. 12. Mueller, “Liszt (and Wagner) in New York,” Appendix 3.1. thirteen. Shanet, Philharmonic, 167–70, and desk on 439. 14. Mueller, “Liszt.
(Princess Marie, spouse of Prince Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst of Vienna).1 however the nature of what he confided to Cosima was once advanced via his being a supporter not just of her moment husband Richard Wagner, but in addition of her discarded first husband Hans von Bülow, either one of whose careers he into his ultimate decade. additionally, simply because Cosima used to be extra attracted to her husband’s occupation than her father’s, Liszt spilled extra ink praising Wagner to her than he did confiding own info.
thankful due to Dingelstedt. His Stanislaus turns out to me a very good good fortune, wealthy in appealing results for either surroundings and tune. not anything will be extra agreeable to me than to compose this dramatic oratorio straightaway, yet a truly substantial problem offers itself . . . i'm going to enterprise to inform you approximately it confidentially in Vienna [in April]. probably i'll reach elimination it [the challenge] within the autumn, in Rome.52 The Rome “obstacle” used to be, after all, Carolyne. Liszt and Carolyne.
yet no longer of a typical style. To make Saint Cecilia illuminate, trill, croon, and wail repulses me. One also needs to chorus from fuguing the verse “Fiat cor meum immaculatum ut non confundar,” for which it kind of feels to me the most straightforward expression could healthy better.58 Disgusted by way of the public’s wish for theatrical remedy of sacred topics, he's defiant in retaining the integrity of his relatively easy, declamatory technique, whereas conceding that his works may by no means be completely profitable.
acknowledges the necessity to regulate his ego. To Carolyne, however, he unearths none of this refined knowing. He turns out to rouse the “loathsome self” as a shielding ploy instead of as an indication of self-understanding: she desires to pay attention information of his lifestyles, together with his innermost strategies, yet he fends her off through belittling his worthy and his skill to precise himself. in addition, with Carolyne, the load of the previous and previous deeds or misdeeds turns out to floor, deflecting him from genuine soul.