Leipzig: C. F. Kahnt Nachfolger [PN 2555.1156], [ca.1890].
Large octavo. Original publisher's green cloth-backed green printed boards with titling to upper. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), 195 pp. Text in German.
Binding slightly worn and rubbed. Contemporary annotations in pencil to front free endpaper and contents page.
Liszt's oratorio on St. Elisabeth of Hungary, with a libretto by Otto Roquette, was first performed August 15, 1865 at the Vigadó in Pest with Liszt conducting.
The composer was strongly influenced by a set of frescoes depicting the life of St. Elisabeth painted in 1855 by Moritz von Schwind in the Wartburg Castle. With assistance from author János Danielik and composer Mihály Mosonyi, Liszt located plainchant sources related to the Saint and used them as the basis for most of his themes. This substantial oratorio is divided into two parts of three movements each, corresponding to the six frescoes by von Schwind.
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