Essay on Petrarch Sonnet 104

2821 Words Jan 19th, 2013 12 Pages
I. Liszt and his Years of Pilgrimage
“Western composers-Mendelssohn and Schumann, for example-wrote works using national color characteristics of various countries. In so doing they came to fabricate some imaginary national atmosphere, as in the making-believe Hungarian and Spanish music of Liszt, Brahms, Bizet. But above all, new national styles of their own developed in the various countries of East as well as West Europe”. The Years of Pilgrimage is a collection of Liszt’s trip. During the years of travelling performances in various countries, Liszt composed a set of large divertimento which depicts the artist’s lifestyle travelling. Among these tunes many are derived from the years Liszt spent with his lover Marie d'Agoult in
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Sonnets in this category typically have a general tone that is relatively romantic and have a theme based on love. Petrarchan is the earliest notable sonnet writer; therefore “Italian sonnet” is also called “Petrarchan sonnet”. “Petrarchan sonnet which is the legitimate form, for it alone recognizes that peculiar imbalance of parts which is its salient characteristic”. Using musical language, Liszt conveys his personal feelings through the depiction of natural landscape with the fundamental of Petrarchan.
“Petrarch Sonnet 104” by Liszt completely grasps the emotional implication of the texture, and Liszt did not compose it in the righteous order of the poem. With a deep comprehension of the context of the poem, Liszt composed his work with a macroscopical horizon. Consequently, performers can interpret this composition in a way as if they have read the poetry works by Petrarch. This composition is an outstanding representative of the works in the late period of Romantic era as it effectively combines music with literature. The following is the poem of “Petrarch Sonnet 104”:
I find no peace, but for war am not inclined; I fear, yet hope; I burn, yet am turned to ice; I soar in the heavens, but lie upon the ground; I hold nothing, though I embrace the whole world. Love has me in a prison which he neither opens nor shuts fast; he

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