Clive Ngai plays Franz Liszt’s “Sonetto 104 del Petrarca” from “Années de pèlerinage, Deuxième année: Italie”.
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The following is written by Clive about this piece.
“Sonetto 104 del Petrarca” -Franz Liszt
This piece is from Liszt’s second “Années de pèlerinage” (Years of Pilgrimage) suite, which was composed between 1839 and 1846. While Liszt was travelling in Italy, he was inspired by numerous sights. Each piece in this suite represents one of the sights which captures Liszt’s imagination.
“Sonetto 104 del Petrach” was inspired by a sonnet by the Italian humanist writer and poet Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374). The sonnet is quoted below:
War I cannot wage, yet know not peace;
I fear, I hope, I burn, I freeze again;
Mount to the skies, then bow to earth my face;
Grasp the whole world, yet nothing can obtain.
Pris’ner of one who deigns not to detain,
I am not made his own, nor giv’n release.
Love slays me not, nor yet will he unchain;
Nor life allot, nor stop my harm’s increase.
Sightless I see my fair; though mute, I mourn;
I scorn existence, yet I court its stay;
Detest myself, and for another burn;
By grief I’m nurtured; and, though tearful, gay;
Death I despise, and life alike I hate:
Such, lady, do you make my wretched state!
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