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CZIFFRA – LISZT Transcendental Etude No.9 in A flat major, “Ricordanza”: great compositions/perfofrmances


CZIFFRA – LISZT Transcendental Etude No.9 in A flat major, “Ricordanza”

Marais: Bells of St. Genevieve (Ralph Rousseau Meulenbroeks, viola da gambist)



“Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris (“The Bells of St. Genevieve” in English) is a work by Marin Marais written in 1723 for viol, violin and harpsichord with basso continuo. It can be considered a passacaglia or a chaconne, with a repeating D, F, E bass line. Being a student of Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, it is perhaps Marais’ most famous composition that explores the various techniques of the viol.
The work begins with 4 measures of the bass line played by the continuo and viol, then, on the 5th measure the violin takes over the melody. Throughout the piece, the violin and viol take turns with the melody.

The viol part is of great difficulty because of Marais’s mastery of that instrument. The centerpiece is not the melody, the violin, but the viol. His work can be thought of as something to showcase the violist‘s skill, despite that it does not always have the melody.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonnerie…

This piece is performed by viola da gambist Ralph Rousseau Meulenbroeks. This and other albums by this artist can be downloaded at Magnatune.com.

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Franz Liszt – Liebestraum – Love Dream


Liebesträume No. 3

Liebesträume No. 3 is the last of the three that Liszt wrote, and the most popular, and can be considered as split into three sections, each divided by a fast cadenza requiring dexterous finger work and a very high degree of technical ability.

The same melody is used throughout the entire piece, each time varied, especially near the middle of the work, where the climax is reached.

At the end, the piece dies down into a final chorded section, and has a broken chord for an ending, usually played slowly as if they were individual notes, rather than rippled.

Liebesträume No. 3 is a standard repertoire piece, and most concert pianists will have played or studied it.