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date: 10 April 2020

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The essay investigates the diverse strategies through which Liszt appropriated elements of medieval music for his own compositions. The obvious focus is on the composer’s religious works, some of which provocatively distance themselves from the standard musical language of nineteenth-century church compositions in an effort to return to earlier styles more directly derived from Gregorian chant. While Liszt’s interest in these older styles may primarily have been motivated by his efforts to invoke a more “authentic” religious feeling, it inevitably also became an important source of inspiration for his transcultural modernism—the ongoing renewal of his own musical language through the integration of elements from geographically or chronologically distant musics.

Keywords: Franz Liszt, Gregorian chant, Die Legende von der heiligen Elisabeth, Via crucis, Stabat mater, Cecilian movement

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