János Palojtay

14 November 2020, 19.30-21.00

Grand Hall

Black and White Colours

János Palojtay Presented by Liszt Academy

Songs Without Lyrics


Chopin: Barcarolle, Op. 60
Mendelssohn: Lied ohne Worte, Op. 30/6 (‘Venetianisches Gondollied’)
Mendelssohn: Lied ohne Worte, Op. 102/5 (‘Kinderstück’)
Mendelssohn: Lied ohne Worte, Op. 19b/2
Mendelssohn: Lied ohne Worte, Op. 38/6 (‘Duetto’)
Schumann–Liszt: Liebeslied (‘Widmung’)
Liszt: 12 Schubert Songs – 3. Du bist die Ruh’, 8. Gretchen am Spinnrade (‘Meine Ruh' ist hin’), 2. Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Rachmaninov: Fourteen Romances, Op. 34 – 14. Vocalise (transcription by Zoltán Kocsis)
Kreisler–Rachmaninov: Liebesleid


Bartók: Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs, BB 79
Albéniz: Chant d’Espagne, Op. 232

János Palojtay (piano)

Songs without words? An apparent contradiction, even though it refers to an actual genre with which innumerable concert programmes could be filled. The Age of Romanticism witnessed the rise of brief lyrical piano pieces that were strongly reminiscent of Lieder in style. The genre proper came into being through Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, who invented the term “songs without words”. However, this concert will feature works that fit into a somewhat broader interpretation of the term: piano arrangements of actual Lieder with words, compositions whose titles refer to songs but actually never had words to them, piano transcriptions of folk songs and even a piece written for the voice – but without words. All this will be delivered to the audience by piano recitalist János Palojtay, who graduated from the Liszt Academy in 2011, debuted in the Budapest Opera House under the baton of Christopher Hogwood, and has since given concerts with various Hungarian orchestras at the Palace of the Arts in Budapest, the Liszt Academy and elsewhere.


Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre


This concert was supported, in line with the Government decree 1290/ 2020. (VI.5) related to cultural institutions, in order to ease the economic difficulties caused by the Covid19 pandemic. 


HUF 2 900, 3 900