woods of wisconsin


Liszt - Dante Sonata

Some music fans consider the Three Years of Pilgrimage to be the pinnacle of Liszt’s music. Not only do they have quintessential Romantic qualities, but they also show how his style evolved through his life. The second “year” is a set of piano pieces inspired by his trip to Italy: literature and locations. This sonata is seen as the highlight of the set, and the form itself is more like a constructed fantasy [hence the title “Fantasia quasi sonata”. It was inspired by Dante’s Inferno, but the music isn’t all doom and gloom: while the main themes are built from chromatic decisions and tritones, they are transformed into longing, and even heroic themes, as the work develops. It may be notoriously difficult, but the work isn’t virtuosic for the sake of showing off: unlike earlier and more superficial Liszt, this sonata has more weight as a well crafted composition. While walking around in the wooded area in Wisconsin near the house, one of the main themes came to my head, and wouldn’t leave. It’s the chromatic theme re-worked as a descending major scale (at 8:53 in the video), it’s one of those melodies that aches. That sounds like glittering stars, despite the source material of hell fire and demons and what not. 

Kinda sorta inspired by @siani-driftcompatible, kinda sorta mostly inspired by tonight’s, “hey babe”.

  • Lazy morning sex.
  • Sunday breakfasts.
  • Falling asleep on the coach together with the game playing in the background after a long day at work.
  • Seeking comfort from each other between the sheets after an emotionally grueling case.
  • Stolen glances across the bullpen.
  • Morning runs on bitter cold mornings and racing the last half mile.
  • Eskimo kisses.
  • Looking at each other as if they are the sun.
  • Boxing.
  • Drinks at Molly’s and leaving together.
  • Bickering like an old married couple in the 300.
  • Slowly, and without realising it, creating their own drawer of clothes at the others apartment.
  • Lone cabin by the river in the woods in Wisconsin.
  • Him cutting firewood as she watches from a distance, coffee in hand.
  • Dinner at Voight’s.
  • Late night grocery shopping.
  • Her finding a single box of tampons sitting on the shelf in his bathroom mirror cabinet.
  • Him comforting her when she wakes in the middle of the night, haunted by Yates.
  • Her soothing his nightmares when he wakes drenched in sweat.
  • Apartment hunting.
  • Pizza, beer, sex.
  • Cold toes on warm legs.
  • “Five more minutes”.