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Liszt's Romantic piano miniature is one of the composer's most popular works
The quintessential Romantic piano miniature, Liszt’s Liebestraum No.3 was actually originally published as one of a set of three works for piano and voice. Each piece depicted a separate facet of love – this, the third piece, set a poem by Ferdinand Freiligrath which begins ‘O love so long as you can!’
But by far the best known version of the piece is for solo piano. It’s fiendishly difficult but listen to a performance of the work and you’re more likely to feel calmed by the repeated arpeggios and shifting harmonies of the piece.
Even Elvis Presley was a fan, using the piece as the inspiration for his song ‘Today, Tomorrow and Forever’ in the film Viva Las Vegas.