Event Title

Romantic Piano Techniques in Franz Liszt’s Liebestraum, 3 Nottornos für das Pianoforte No. 3

Session Title

Humanities and Fine Arts

Faculty Mentor

Ian Pearson, Ph.D.

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Department of Music

Location

DIGS 114

Start Date

12-4-2019 1:45 PM

Description

Composer Franz Liszt was born in Raiding, Austria, in 1811. While conducting the Court Orchestra at Weimar in 1850, Liszt transcribed many of his songs and choral works for piano. Shortly after composing a collection of three songs titled Liebestraum, 3 Notturnos, he transcribed the songs for piano, showcasing his virtuosic dexterity and extended harmonic vocabulary. The third selection, “O lieb” (O love), is the most adored from the collection to this day, with most admirers using the collection's title, Liebestraum (Love Dream), to refer to the third song alone. This study examines how "O love" captures the emotions of a lover's daydreams with the piano alone. The selection includes several cadenza-like motifs in unmeasured rhythm that emulate dancers cascading down romantically. The entire range of the piano is used as the texture quickly shifts from five-octave chords to floating melodies, which represents the full range of emotions one experiences while in love. Liszt also implements extended harmonic progressions to blur the tonic, resulting in a murky, dreamlike sound. These virtuosic techniques come together in "O love" to portray profound emotions that have captured audiences since the transcription's premiere.

Course Assignment

MUST 564 – Pearson

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Romantic Piano Techniques in Franz Liszt’s Liebestraum, 3 Nottornos für das Pianoforte No. 3

DIGS 114

Composer Franz Liszt was born in Raiding, Austria, in 1811. While conducting the Court Orchestra at Weimar in 1850, Liszt transcribed many of his songs and choral works for piano. Shortly after composing a collection of three songs titled Liebestraum, 3 Notturnos, he transcribed the songs for piano, showcasing his virtuosic dexterity and extended harmonic vocabulary. The third selection, “O lieb” (O love), is the most adored from the collection to this day, with most admirers using the collection's title, Liebestraum (Love Dream), to refer to the third song alone. This study examines how "O love" captures the emotions of a lover's daydreams with the piano alone. The selection includes several cadenza-like motifs in unmeasured rhythm that emulate dancers cascading down romantically. The entire range of the piano is used as the texture quickly shifts from five-octave chords to floating melodies, which represents the full range of emotions one experiences while in love. Liszt also implements extended harmonic progressions to blur the tonic, resulting in a murky, dreamlike sound. These virtuosic techniques come together in "O love" to portray profound emotions that have captured audiences since the transcription's premiere.