Spectres, mysterious disappearances and a strong sense of aesthetic feature in the four melodramas Franz Liszt composed during his lifetime. The melodrama, which emerged during the eighteenth century, is a theatrical genre in which the spoken action is superimposed on the music, the latter functioning as a structural and expressive element.
Liszt composed Lenore, his first melodrama, in 1859. The work is based on a Gothic theme, a ballad that had widely circulated from the end of the eighteenth century. Set at the end of the Seven Years’ War, Lenore tells the story of a young woman who is kidnapped by the ghost of her beloved, fallen in battle.
Liszt Playwright is the first concert series in the Melodramas format. The Foundation created this new format with a long-term aim of giving visibility to this hybrid genre, which combines the performance of a spoken text with music composed specifically for it. The actress Clara Sanchis and the pianist Miriam Gómez-Morán put voice and music to the four melodramas composed by Franz Liszt, translated into Spanish by Luis Gago.
A summary of the 2015-2016 Season with over 150 concerts divided into 27 projects, including diverse genres such as music theatre, jazz, the great classical repertory, world polyphonies and contemporary music. One of the most significant novelties is that the audio and video of the Wednesday concerts will be broadcast live, through www.march.es/directo