Franz Liszt

Domine Salvum Fac Regem

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Domine Salvum Fac Regem by Franz Liszt, modern edition for voices and wind ensemble by David Whitwell. "God save the king! Answer us when we call."

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Domine Salvum Fac Regem
Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Mod­ern edi­tion by David Whitwell (1937–)

Date: 1853
Instru­men­ta­tion: Cho­rus and Wind Ensem­ble ( Ob 1.2, Cl in A 1.2, Bsn 1.2, Hn 1.2.3.4, Tpt 1.2, Tbn 1.2.3, Tba, Bass, Timp, Tenor solo, TTBB)
Dura­tion: 4:30
Lev­el: 4

Recording

Notes on Liszt’s Domine salvum fac regem

A young stu­dent com­pos­er, Peter Cor­nelius (1824–1874), nephew to the famous painter, Peter von Cor­nelius, came to Weimar to seek Liszt’s advice. In a let­ter of Sep­tem­ber 1852, Liszt rec­om­mends to the young man, “You have but to assim­i­late Palest­ri­na and Bach, then you can let your heart speak …” And it is the old­er style that we find in Liszt’s Domine salvum fac regem for male voic­es and winds.

Orig­i­nal­ly com­posed with organ accom­pa­ni­ment, a set­ting with wind instru­ments was need­ed for a per­for­mance at the coro­na­tion of the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eise­nach in 1853. Liszt turned to anoth­er young com­pos­er who was liv­ing in Liszt’s cir­cle in Weimar at the time, Joachim Raff (1822–1882), to score the works for winds. Liszt had used Raff for help­ing with the orches­tra­tion of oth­er works in 1850–1853 and, indeed, Raff lat­er claimed to have played a major role in the orches­tra­tion of Liszt’s tone poem, Tas­so. Raff’s opera, King Alfred, was staged for the first time dur­ing the coro­na­tion fes­tiv­i­ties. Wind con­duc­tors will recall that Raff also com­posed a Sin­foni­et­ta for 10 winds, Op. 188.

The trans­la­tion of the Latin text match­es the grand cer­e­mo­ni­al style of this com­po­si­tion.

God save the king!
Answer us when we call.