Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses

Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses

Most of the piano pieces known by the generic title Harmonies poétiques et religieuses (Poetic and Religious Harmonies) were composed at Woronince (Voronyntsi, Ukrainian country estate of Liszt’s mistress Princess Jeanne Elisabeth Carolyne von Sayn-Wittgenstein, née Iwanowska) in 1847. The ten compositions which comprise this cycle are:

  1. Invocation (completed at Woronince);
  2. Ave Maria (transcription of choral piece written in 1846);
  3. Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude (‘The Blessing of God in Solitude,’ completed at Woronince);
  4. Pensée des morts (‘In Memory of the Dead,’ reworked version of earlier individual composition, Harmonies poétiques et religieuses (1834));
  5. Pater Noster (transcription of choral piece written in 1846);
  6. Hymne de l’enfant à son réveil (‘The Awaking Child’s Hymn,’ transcription of choral piece written in 1846);
  7. Funérailles (October 1849) (‘Funeral’);
  8. Miserere, d’après Palestrina (after Palestrina);
  9. (Andante lagrimoso);
  10. Cantique d’amour (‘Hymn of Love,’ completed at Woronince).

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