Via Crucis

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Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt (orch. Tamás Beischer-Matyó)

Subtitle: A keresztút 14 állomása

The title and subtitle of this work translate from German and Hungarian, respectively, as Way of the Cross and (The Fourteen Stations of the Way of the Cross). It bears the designation S.53.

General Info

Year: 1874-1879 / 1999-2000
Duration: c. 45:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Mixed choir, vocal soloists and organ
Publisher: Tamás Beischer-Matyó
Cost: Parts Only - Contact orchestrator   |   Score Only - Free

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1. Einleitung. Vexilla Regis ("O Crux, Ave!")
2. Station I. Jesis wird zum Tode verdammt
3. Station II. Jesus trägt sein Kreuz
4. Station III. Jesus fällt zum ersten Mal
5. Station IV. Jesus begegnet seiner heiligen Mutter
6. Station V. Simon von Kyrene hilft Jesus das Kreuz tragen
7. Station VI. Sancta Veronica ("O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden")
8. Station VII. Jesus fällt zum zweiten Mal
9. Station VIII. Die Frauen von Jerusalem ("Nolite flere super me, sed super vos ipos et super filios vestros")
10. Station IX. Jesus fällt zum dritten Mal
11. Station X. Jesus wird entkleidet
12. Station XI. Jesus wird ans Kreuz gsechlagen ("Crucifige")
13. Station XII. Jesus stirbt am Kreuze ("Eli, Eli, lamma Sabacthani")
14. Station XIII. Jesus wird kom Kreuz genommen
15. Station XIV. Jesus wird ins Grab gelegt ("Ave Crux, spes unica")


Full Score
Solo Soprano Voice I-II
Solo Mezzo-soprano Voice
Solo Alto Voice
Solo Baritone Voice
Solo Bass Voice
C Piccolo
English Horn
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass (8-12 players)
Harp I-II
Percussion (5-6 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-toms (5)
  • Vibraphone

Choir (SATB)

Antiphonal Brass Choir

  • B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
  • Trombone I-II-III


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Via Crucis (Die 14 Stationen des Kreuzwegs), S.53, is a work for mixed choir, soloists and organ (also harmonium or piano) by Franz Liszt. The work is devoted to the stations of the cross. It is one of the last works of Liszt.

Liszt started the composition of this work in the fall of 1878 when he stayed in Rome and ended it in February 1879 in Budapest. There are three sources of the work available: the first sketches in Weimar, the manuscript of the whole work in Budapest, and a copy of it in Weimar. The original version was set with accompaniment by organ. Liszt made later a version with piano.

The work is a special case in the oeuvre of Liszt, especially because it is a work of great serenity. The work is also special because it reaches the limits of tonality, breaking the status quo of predominant tonal music of the time. The work combines unison songs (Stations I and XIV) with Lutheran chorales (Stations IV and XII), and chorales inspired by Bach's chorales (Station VI), whereas other stations consist of solo organ (or piano). Liszt himself wanted to perform the work in the Colosseum with accompaniment by a giant harmonium. However, he never saw the piece performed because the first performance only took place 43 years after the composer's death: it premiered in Budapest on Good Friday, 29 March 1929, conducted by the composer Artúr Harmat, Professor of church music at the Liszt Academy.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

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