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"Lyon" by Franz Liszt for Orchestra

Score: SIK 1727


Franz Liszt composed LYON for Solo-Piano about 1834 under the impression of the silk-weaver-revolt of Lyon as part of his Album dun voyageur. When Liszt reworked the cycle into the first part of his Annes de plerinage, LYON was replaced by La chapelle de Guillaume Tell and fell into oblivion.

I tried to orchestrate LYON exactly in the style of a Lisztian Symphonic Poem and to use only the orchestral possibilities of Liszts period, e.g. I avoided the 5th string of the double-basses. To achieve the characteristic orchestral colour of Liszt I composed lots of additional material and modified the pianistic passages similarly as it can be found in works which Liszt created for both piano and orchestra.

(Frank Heckel)