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J'ai perdu ma force et ma vie, S327
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Alfred de Musset’s La confession d’un enfant du siècle (1836) and his 1840 sonnet ‘Tristesse’ or ‘Sadness’—Liszt’s text for J’ai perdu ma force et ma vie—define the so-called ‘mal du siècle’, a compound of ennui, melancholy, apathy, and distaste for life. In a letter of condolence to the wife of Alexei Tolstoy (second cousin to Leo Tolstoy) in 1875, Liszt quoted the closing lines of Musset’s poem, in which life is summed up as weeping. Chromatically clouded, dramatic-emphatic ‘sighing figures’ fill the piano introduction before the singer enters with an unaccompanied, recitative-like passage, typical of Liszt’s late songs. This work is also emblematic of Liszt in its interior ‘ethereal’ treble passage evoking the eternal and its exploration of tonal ambivalence: we end in mid-air.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2012

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67934 track 8
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-12-93408
Duration
3'55
Recording date
13 October 2011
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Simon Kiln
Recording engineer
Arne Akselberg
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