Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178

The program for Alicante.

I see Franz Liszt as Music Aesthetic and Father Philosopher of Modern Performing World.

Liszt not only created the music which opened a new era of composition, but also, in a way, created us. He gave us a template that eventually lead to the foundation of contemporary Western civilization. His contribution, in no small measure, has been the main influence of the present day Western European individual who is intelligent, very sensitive and highly sensual.

To begin with, the central core of his musical convictions are a platform intended to engender “human” freedom of expression. Upon closer examination one can clearly see the sexual overtones meant to revolutionize antiquated beliefs and customs. These bold ideas are magically engraved in each note of his music language giving us a rich beauty of sound texture and colors, the heritage of which can be seen in everyday European democratic thinking of deep philosophy, elevated poetry and music painting.

We see in the music of this “confessive” Sonata how he explored the instrument in its entirety, reaching proportions of development that have never been surpassed since his time. Be it either sound, technique, palette of expressions or dynamics, he probed to push the instrument to its limits and in the process transforming the piano and its “world” to our modern standards.

Concepts good vs evil – personal vs “common” culminating in a high form of poetry, celebrating the modern individualistic “hero”. The background of which is a clear depiction of nature in all its beauty. Further Romantic inspiration is drawn on by Liszt from great Italian Art.

This deep exploration of human emotions as represented by the careful “instrumentation” is the composers attempt to achieve total consciousness, no doubt brought to music by a particular set of circumstances in his personal life.
This sonata is not really a piece which could fit in sonata form. it is much more an improvisation. Improvisation where Liszt gives us a close look into his inner world with all it’s fears, doubts and joy. Constant devilish dialectic which every modern intellectual individual finds in human nature. Good vs evil. That’s what this wild and cosmic music is about.


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