Franz Liszt, “Dante Symphony” (1847-57)

franz-liszt-dante-symphony-1847-1857The Dante Symphony, by Franz Liszt, was written in two movements: Inferno, and Purgatorio – Magnificat. Liszt was told that he shouldn’t attempt to write a movement for Paradiso, as this was a hopeless venture. Nobody can put true heaven into a song.”    –Kevin Williams, January 26, 2008

Contributed by Kevin Williams (Luther College, ’11)