Title: Les Années des Pèlerinage (Italie / Suisse) Composer: Franz Liszt Performers: Alfred Brendel (Performer and Commentator)
Années des Pelerinages: (Adapred from Wikipedia Click Here)
(Years of Peregrination) is a set of 3 suites for solo piano. (We will only watch the first two). Much of the work derives from Liszt's earlier work, Album d'un voyageur, his first major published piano cycle composed between 1835 and 1838 and published in 1842. Années de Pèlerinage is considered a masterwork and summation of Liszt's musical style. The third volume is notable as an example of his later style. Composed well after the first two volumes, it displays less showy virtuosity and more harmonic experimentation.
The title refers to Goethe's famous novel of self-realization, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, and especially its sequel Wilhelm Meister's Journeyman Years (whose original title Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre meant Years of Wandering or Years of Peregrination). Liszt places the work in line with the Romantic literature of his time, prefacing most pieces with a literary passage from writers such as Schiller, Byron or Senancour.
Here are the pieces in the first 2 suites (years):
First Year: Switzerland
Chapelle de Guillaume Tell
Au lac de Wallenstadt
Au bord d'une source
Le mal du pays
Les cloches de Genève: Nocturne
Au bord d'une source (Beside a Spring)
Second Year: Italy
Sposalizio (Marriage of the Virgin, a painting by Raphael)
Il penseroso (The Thinker, a statue by Michelangelo)
Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa
Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
Après une lecture de Dante: Fantasia Quasi Sonata
Venezia e Napoli
The pieces are performed and introduced in a wonderful manner by Alfred Brendel
wh is one of the most important pianists of the 20th century (Austrian).