IN DE VOETSPOREN VAN FRANZ LISZT –
EEN AVONTUURLIJKE TREKTOCHT DOOR DE OEKRAÏENE EN ZUID-POLEN
In the autumn of 1847 Franz Liszt was a guest at the country estate of Carolyne von Sayn-Wittgenstein near Woronince, a small village about 100 km south-west of Kiev. There he composed, amongst other works, a twelve-part cycle Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, which differs considerably from the much revised work that would appear only in 1853. In 1848 the famous pianist toured via Lemberg (Lvov), Krakow, Ratibor, Breslau (Wroclaw) and Löbau to Weimar, where he arrived at the beginning of February 1848. After having corrected the proofs of the first edition of the above-mentioned cycle (see AB II-09/10), I decided in the summer of 1997 to visit the place where the composer had lived and worked for three months and then to make the same journey from Woronince to Weimar.
This publication, a simple domestic A4 offering, gives an impression of this adventurous trip, whereby some corrections in the area of musicology took second place to the travel impressions of this journey. Historical diversions, the description of buildings, ways of life and rural splendour, experiences and feelings of amorous nature – in a bantering tone all of this comes along. In the autumn of 1998 this travel account was written on the basis of memories, notes in my diary, scrap books and travel guides. The book was illustrated with a large number of photos taken during the journey.
© 1998 AB Music Productions & Editions, The Hague.
54 pages, 56 black-and-white photos.
This publication is sold out, but, deo volente, shall appear again in the future in combination with other study trips ‘in the footsteps of Franz Liszt’.