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

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 41 – The Recitations with piano' (CDA67045)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 41 – The Recitations with piano
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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Details
Track 2 on CDA67045 [7'06] Please, someone, buy me …
Track 2 on CDS44501/98 CD93 [7'06] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Der traurige Mönch, S348
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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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Details for CDS44501/98 disc 93 track 2
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-04502
Duration
7'06
Recording date
28 October 1995
Recording venue
St Martin's Church, Newbury, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Hyperion usage
  1. Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 41 – The Recitations with piano (CDA67045)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 1996
    Please, someone, buy me …
  2. Liszt: Complete Piano Music (CDS44501/98)
    Disc 93 Track 2
    Release date: February 2011
    99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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