Liszt/Saint-Saëns – Orpheus (1853) arr. for Piano Trio (c. 1910)

Franz Liszt (Hungarian: Liszt Ferencz, in modern usage Liszt Ferenc 22 October 1811 – 31 July 1886) was a prolific 19th-century Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, organist, philanthropist, author, nationalist and a Franciscan tertiary during the Romantic era.

Symphonic Poem No. 4 “Orpheus”, S 98 (1853-64)
Dedication: Princess Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein (1819–87)
Arranged for Piano Trio by Camille Saint-Saëns (c. 1910)

Trio di Parma
Alberto Miodini, piano; Ivan Rabaglia, violin; Enrico Bronzi, cello

Orpheus is a symphonic poem written by Franz Liszt in 1853–54. He numbered it No. 4 in the cycle of 12 he wrote during his time in Weimar, Germany. It was first performed on 16 February 1854, conducted by the composer, as an introduction to the first Weimar performance of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice. The performance helped celebrate the birthday of Weimar’s Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, who was an amateur musician and a staunch supporter of Liszt at Weimar.

Camille Saint-Saëns arranged many works by composers such as J.S. Bach, Frederick Chopin, Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, Ludwig van Beethoven, Henri Duparc for Édition classique A. Durand & Fils, Breitkopf & Härtel and etc.