A study of Franz Liszt’s Variations on “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen”

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Xiuwei Yu (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
John Salmon

Abstract: Variations on “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen,” S. 180 is one of Franz Liszt’s most significant but understudied piano works. Written after Liszt joined the Third Order of Saint Francis and during a time of deep personal tragedy, this composition reflects both Liszt’s religious journey and his coping with suffering and shows daring explorations of chromaticism that pushed the limits of tonality. It was arranged for organ one year after the piano version was composed and became one of his best-known compositions for organ. This study will provide a comprehensive overview of relevant studies of this piece. The first chapter provides an introduction of Franz Liszt and Variations on “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen,” S.180. The second chapter summarizes Franz Liszt’s religious journey. The third chapter includes an analysis of this music. The fourth chapter shows a detailed comparison between the piano version and organ version. The last chapter concludes this study with a summary.

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Language: English
Date: 2021
Analysis, Bach, Comparison between the piano version and the organ version, Franz Liszt, Variation, Weinen Klagen Sorgan Zagen
Liszt, Franz, $d 1811-1886. $t Variationen u¨ber das Motiv von Bach $x Criticism and interpretation.
Variations (Piano)

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