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Il penseroso, S157b
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? 1839; first version

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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 56 – Rarities, Curiosities, Album Leaves and Fragments' (CDA67414/7)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 56 – Rarities, Curiosities, Album Leaves and Fragments
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Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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Il penseroso, S157b
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The first version of Il penseroso – later revised for the second book of the Années de pèlerinage – has not been published, and the manuscript does not actually bear a title, but it does contain the same epigraph – a quatrain by Michelangelo which appears in the published collection. There are many minor differences between the two versions, but the intense expression of this simply-laid-out work remains constant.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1999

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