, which is in fact marked by Liszt as transcribed for organ or harmonium – from his work for mixed chorus and organ – is as readily justified as a piano piece as are those similar transcriptions which are marked for harmonium or piano. In any event, organists seldom approach these delicate manuals-only pieces, and the harmonium is at best a stop-gap solution. As the title implies, the original works are three settings of the Ave Maria
, and the subtitles show Liszt’s plan to convey, with the subtlest of musical distinctions, different aspects of the holy Marian mysteries.
from notes by Leslie Howard © 1995