Based on a text by Aleksey Tolstoy, The Blind Singer is the last melodrama Liszt composed. The work’s text is, as a whole, an advocacy of beauty and artistic inspiration. As Antonio Simón points out in his program notes, the composer may have identified himself with the bard blind man who features in the poem; after all, Liszt always considered himself a messenger of art.
With a terrifying story line not without touches of humour, The Dead Poet’s Love is based on a text by the Hungarian poet Mór Jókai. This melodrama, composed in 1874, marked Liszt’s reunion with the genre and tells of the return of a tormented spectre who, after bothering his widow and their son for decades, is finally able to take them with him.
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