Repertoire: Miniature Masterpieces No. 19 (Liszt)

The Pastorale from Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage (Book 1, Suisse) is an unforgettable miniature masterpiece–an atmospheric gem in the simplest possible form, endowed with typically titillating turns of harmony over two contrasting, lilting rhythmic patterns. The whole thing plays for…

Repertoire: Miniature Masterpieces No. 19 (Liszt)

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The Pastorale from Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage (Book 1, Suisse) is an unforgettable miniature masterpiece–an atmospheric gem in the simplest possible form, endowed with typically titillating turns of harmony over two contrasting, lilting rhythmic patterns. The whole thing plays for only a bit more than a minute and a half, but its brief duration offers an excellent foretaste of the three diverse and colorful suites comprising the full work–Liszt’s most significant original series of pieces for the piano.
Musical Example courtesy of Naxos Records

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