Franz Liszt's Les Préludes - La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

7/18/2018; 17 minutes

Franz Liszt composed twelve "symphonic poems," of which "Les Préludes" has proven to be the most popular. Its structure is deceptively simple, based loosely on sonata form but differing from the classical sonata in its development of a few basic themes, rather than contrasting very different thematic material in distinct movements. The attractiveness of the piece lies in Liszt's ingenious transitions and transformations as the music moves from episode to episode, by turns turbulent and serene, until the various strands finally come together in the dramatic finale. Explaining the title "Les Préludes," Liszt posed the question, "What else is life but a series of preludes to that unknown hymn, the first and solemn note of which is intoned by Death?" Recorded on 03/16/2018. (#33849)

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