Blüthner Soirée with Alexander Paley

Franz Liszt - The Schubert Song Transcriptions for Solo Piano

from Zwölf Lieder (Twelve Songs)

Auf Dem Wasser zu Singen (Singing on the Water)

Erlkönig (The Elf King/Alder King)

Die junge Nonne (The Young Nun)

Frühlingsglaube (Spring Faith)

Gretchen am Spinnrade (Gretchen at the Spindle)

Ständchen von Shakespeare (Serenade by Shakespeare)

Ave Maria (Ave Maria)

from Sechs Lieder (Six Songs)

Die Forelle (The Trout)

from Schwanengesang (Swan Song)

Aufenthalt (Resting Place)

from Sechs Lieder (Six Songs)

Das Sterbeglocken (The Death Knell)

from Schwanengesang (Swan Song)

Liebesbotschaft (Message of Love)

Ständchen "Leise flehen" (Serenade "Plead Silently")

from Winterreise (Winter Travel)

Der Lindenbaum (The Linden Tree)

from Geistliche Lieder (Spiritual Songs)

Litaney (Litany)

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The Program: An evening of Classic German Folksongs Franz Liszt's Transcriptions of Franz Schubert's original arrangements

The music explores the emotions and feelings of the poetry and folksongs of the German Romantic period. Well-known melodies, such as "Unter dem Lindenbaum" and "Ave Maria" describe the nostalgia of this time. Other stories, such as Lessing's Erlkönig, came out of the stormy German Enlightenment. The scenes range from the playful trout of "Die Forelle", jumping and darting through a babbling stream, to the poignant tolling of the death knell in "Der Sterbenglocklein" that bids a town to come and say farewell.

These songs and themes fascinated Schubert, who arranged them in his famous classic songs for piano and voice. Captured by their incredible beauty, Liszt, following the trend of transcription-writing in his day, arranged these pieces into virtuoso piano works. Originally written for vocals with a simple piano accompaniment, he replaced the human voice with refined dynamic phrases, trusting in his excellent sense of tone and his knowledge of the versatility of his instrument. Held at the old stock exchange in Leipzig, Die Alte Handelsbörse, the setting is reminiscent of the smaller, authentic music salons of the Baroque period. It is an ideal place for Alexander Paley, the master pianist, to paint these musical scenes.

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Alexander Paley