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The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825)
Freies Deutsches Hochstift / Frankfurter Goethe-Museum
Track(s) taken from CDA67045
Recording details: October 1995
St Martin's Church, Newbury, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: September 1996
Total duration: 7 minutes 6 seconds

'A real curiosity and a valuable one' (Gramophone)

Der traurige Mönch, S348
First line:
In Schweden steht ein grauer Turm
composer
1860
author of text
ballad

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Der traurige Mönch (Ballade von Nicolaus Lenau) (‘The Sad Monk’) is the first intimation that Liszt gives us of the direction of the music of his old age: much of this piece, which is famous to musicologists if not familiar to audiences, is built entirely on whole-tone scales and harmonies (this two years before the birth of Debussy), and its other harmonic vocabulary makes much unsettling use of the augmented triad. Although the final cadences give us something like a cadence into C minor, ending on a first inversion chord, this piece is truly atonal – something which Liszt would not approach again until his very late works – and provides an accompaniment which far outstrips Lenau’s poem in its intensity.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1996

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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
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