Leipzig: C. F. Kahnt Nachfolger [PNs 2555.1156.4147], [ca.1890].
Large octavo. Original publisher's purple wrappers with titling to upper. [i] (title), ii ("Inhalt"), iii ("Contents"), 2-205, [i] (publisher's advertisements) pp. Text in German and English. With publisher's advertisements to verso of upper wrapper and recto and verso of lower wrapper.
Wrappers slightly worn, faded and soiled; theatre and bookseller's handstamps to upper ("Stadttheater Münster I. W."; "Bispingsche Musikalein- u. Instrumentenhandlung."). Contemporary annotations in pencil to flyleaf and "Inhalt."
Liszt's oratorio on St. Elisabeth of Hungary, to 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 significant oratorio is divided into two parts of three movements each, corresponding to the six frescoes by von Schwind.
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