Wenn die letzten Sterne bleichen

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek


Scholars were completely unaware of the existence of this small Lied composition when the autograph was first discovered in 2007 as part of Franz Graf Pocci's (1807-1876) estate at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library). It sets an unknown poem Wenn die letzte Sterne bleichen (When the Last Stars Fade) to music. Franz Liszt (1811-1886) composed it for Pocci during a stay in Munich, when he gave four public concerts, as the dedication reveals:"Bey Frau von | Arnim | für den Grafen | Pocci | 20 October 1843 F. Liszt" (At Mrs von Arnim's for Count Pocci, 20 October 1843, F. Liszt). Liszt and Pocci were guests at the salon of Bettina von Arnim (1785-1859), who stayed with her three daughters in Munich at the same time. Presumably, Armgart von Arnim (1821-1880), whom Liszt adored, launched the composition at this convivial gathering. The transcript of the song, which Liszt must have written in great haste, contains numerous corrections. Datum: 2016


Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Musikabteilung

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