Liszt Biography

Liszt Biography

Franz Liszt, one of the genius piano performers of nineteenth century, was a Hungarian composer on modern piano and was also known for his harmonies and innovative style of symphonic poems. He was born in 1811 and died in 1886 at the age of 75 years. Franz Liszt was not only famous as a composer […]

Liszt 1811-1823 in the Habsburg

Liszt 1811-1823 in the Habsburg

Liszt 1811-1823 in the Habsburg Franz Liszt was born in Western Hungary on 22 October 1811. His native village, Doborján (or Raiding in German), belongs today to Austria. Both of his parents — Adam (1776-1827), an employee in charge of sheep farming of Hungary’s richest and most powerful magnate Prince Miklós Esterházy, and Maria Anna […]

Liszt 1823-1839 in Paris

Liszt 1823-1839 in Paris

Was Adam right to take the child prodigy to the leading metropolis of Europe and take him on concert tours instead of letting him study and develop in peace? Master Czerny, who found Liszt’s playing undisciplined some years later, actually disapproved of it. From Liszt’s letters, written to his own children, we can see that […]

Liszt 1839-1847: The Virtuoso Tours

Liszt 1839-1847: The Virtuoso Tours

THE VIRTUOSO TOURS, 1839-1847 The years between 1839 and 1847 were unprecedented triumphs for Liszt the virtuoso and creator of modern solo recital. In a few years with dazzling speed, he travelled over nearly the whole of Europe, with the exceptions of Scandinavia and the area south of the Balkan peninsula. From examining the map […]

Liszt 1848-1861 Weimar

Liszt 1848-1861 Weimar

Liszt summed up his aims in his testament in 1860: “At a certain time (about ten years ago) I envisaged Weimar as a new art period, similar to the one under Carl August, where Wagner and myself should have been leaders just like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller had been earlier, but unfavourable […]

Liszt 1861-1869 Rome

Liszt 1861-1869 Rome

When Liszt arrived in Rome, capital of the Papal State, the city was passing through its death throes. Though divested of a large part of its territory, Rome was the last island of stubborn resistance to the Risorgimento, the Italian movement of national unification that proclaimed democratic ideas. The troops of Napoleon I I I […]

Liszt 1869-1886 Weimar-Rome-Pest

Liszt 1869-1886 Weimar-Rome-Pest

This closing chapter of Liszt’s activities lasts seventeen years and constitutes the longest distinct compositional period of his life. When he left Rome in January 1869 at the persuasion of Grand Duke Carl Alexander to continue his work in Weimar, he was fifty-seven. When he died at the end of July 1886, he was nearly […]

Liszt and His Country

Liszt and His Country

Liszt’s visits to his native country between 1839 and 1840 and in 1846 were important for the evolution of his personal musical style. Despite his German origin, mother tongue, and adopted French culture, Franz Liszt had not ceased to declare himself a Hungarian. It was during those visits, celebrated as the idolized national hero of […]

Liszt Chronology

Liszt Chronology

1811 October 22: birth in Doborjan, Sopron County. 1820 October, first public performance at the Sopron Casino. November 26: concert at the Esterhazy palace in Pozsony: stipend from the Hungarian aristocrats. 1821 His parents take him to live in Vienna where he studies piano with Czerny, and composition with Salieri. 1822 Success in Austrian and […]