Franz Ritter von Liszt (1811–1886) was a 19th-century
Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher.
Liszt became renowned in Europe during the nineteenth
century for his virtuosic skill as a pianist. He was
said by his contemporaries to have been the most
technically advanced pianist of his age, and in the
1840s he was considered by some to be perhaps the
greatest pianist of all time. Liszt was also a
well-known and influential composer, piano teacher and
conductor. He was a benefactor to other composers,
including Richard Wagner, Hector Berlioz, Camille
Saint-Saëns, Edvard Grieg and Alexander Borodin.
Liszt also made piano arrangements of his own
instrumental and vocal works. Examples of this kind are
the arrangement of the second movement "Gretchen" of
his Faust Symphony and the first "Mephisto Waltz" as
well as the "Liebesträume No. 3" and the two volumes of
his "Buch der Lieder".
"Liebesträume" ("Dreams of Love") is a set of three
solo piano works (S/G541) by Franz Liszt, published in
1850. Liszt called each of the three pieces
Liebesträume; but, often they are
referred to incorrectly in the singular as Liebestraum
(especially No. 3, the most famous of the three).
Originally the three Liebesträume (Notturni) were
conceived as songs after poems by Ludwig Uhland and
Ferdinand Freiligrath. In 1850, two versions appeared
simultaneously as a set of songs for high voice and
piano, and as transcriptions for piano two-hands.
Although originally written for Piano, I created this
arrangement for Concert (Pedal) Harp.