Posts tagged ‘Hungarian’

March 1, 2015

2015-03-01 Notes from the Bench

“Blessed Lord, All Love Excelling” by Franz Liszt

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate


The Hungarian composer, conductor, and teacher, Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was renowned throughout Europe during the nineteenth century for his virtuosic skill as a pianist. Among the greatest pianists of all time, his performance style and compositions influenced keyboard musicians during his own time and future generations of artists, including those performing during our own time. Liszt’s performances dazzled audiences with his displays of technical virtuosity and his ability to play entire recitals from memory; a tradition that has continued among piano artists to this day.

Liszt’s virtuosic piano works, transcriptions of orchestral works for piano, and symphonic poems are among his best-known and more important compositions. Among his later works are a number of sacred choral works, the influence of his devotion to religious life. “Blessed Lord, all Love Excelling” is an adaptation of Liszt’s “Ave verum corpus” which was written in 1871.

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