Franz Liszt - Liebestraum / Dream of Love / Rêve d'Amour





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Published on Feb 18, 2012

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A set of three solo piano works by Franz Listz published in 1850, Liebestraeume (Dreams of Love) was originally songs for a high voice and piano. Based on poems by Ludwig Uhland and Ferdinand Freiligrath, they depict three kinds of love:
Hohe Liebe (Uhland) abandons earthly love for religious love
Seliger Tod (Uhland) is most well known by its opening line "I had died" could be referring to "la petit mort"
Liebstraum (Freiligrath) references mature love "Love as long as you can"
Versions of Liebestraum have been recorded by Django Reinhardt, Spike Jones, and the Baltimore-based Animal Collective sampled it on their Strawberry Jam album. It has been used in the film All About Eve, The Bugs Bunny Show and Hogan's Heroes, as well as by Japanese figure skating champion, Mao Asada.
Franz Liszt was first known as a piano prodigy, composing from the age of eight and playing his first concert at the age of nine. As a composer he represented the New German School, which paved the way for many of the musical innovations of the 20th century.
At age 22, he began a relationship with the Countess Marie d'Agoult who left her husband and two children to be with Liszt in Geneva. They had three children, two daughters and a son, before Liszt resumed his life as a touring performer and the Countess returned to Paris with the children. Seven years later, Liszt met Princess Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein who convinced him to give up touring and concentrate on composing. Wanting to marry Liszt, the Princess attempted to obtain an annulment but failed when the Tsar intervened on behalf of her husband and confiscated her properties in Ukraine.
After the deaths of his son and oldest daughter, Liszt joined a monastery. However, he also continued to compose and travel both as a performer and master piano teacher. He called this his "threefold life" and it is said that he traveled 4,000 miles per year during this period, regularly visiting Rome, Weimar and Budapest. After a fall in 1881, he never fully recovered and Liszt died in 1886 at age 74.

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