Programme Notes (cont.)

The Rhapsodie Espagnole S254, R90, was inspired by Liszt’s trip around Spain in 1845, although it wasn’t written until 1863. This piece was composed in the same way as his famous Hungarian Rhapsodies, developing two popular melodies in some variations until both melodies start to interact together with a clear increasing of the tension and the difficulty. These melodies are “La Folia” and “Jota Aragonesa”, two popular Spanish dances.

The Sonata in B minor is probably Liszt’s most important piece, and one of the masterpieces of the piano repertoire. It is constructed in a huge Sonata form. Structurally wonderful, fully musical, it’s a clear contest between the two Liszt personas: the human one who enjoys the terrestrial life and the religious one who believes that the truth is up there, beyond humanity, in heaven, in God. Loud humanity, peaceful religiosity. Which one will succeed?