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Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt

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{{Use mdy dates|date=August 2011}} {{IPA notice}} {{Redirect|Liszt|other persons with the name|Liszt (surname)}} [[File:Franz Liszt by Pierre Petit.png|thumb|Portrait by [[Pierre Petit]], 1870]] '''Franz Liszt''' ({{IPA-de|fʁant͡s lɪst|lang}}); {{lang-hu|'''Liszt Ferencz''', in modern use '''Liszt Ferenc'''}}), (October 22, 1811 – July 31, 1886) was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher. Liszt became renowned in Europe during the nineteenth century for his virtuosic skill as a pianist.
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Quotations

Any chord can follow any chord.

also attributed to Max Reger|Max Reger

Génie oblige! (Genius obliges!)

one of Liszt's life-mottos

When the Tsar speaks everyone should remain silent.

When asked by Nicholas I|Nicholas I why he suddenly stopped playing the piano during the final concert of his first Russian tour. Quite a suicidal move in the Russian Empire of the 1840s!

"le piano concentre et résume en lui l'art tout entier..."

What is our life but a series of preludes to that unknown song of which death sounds the first solemn note?

from the preface to Les_Préludes_(Liszt)|Les Préludes
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{{Use mdy dates|date=August 2011}} {{IPA notice}} {{Redirect|Liszt|other persons with the name|Liszt (surname)}} [[File:Franz Liszt by Pierre Petit.png|thumb|Portrait by [[Pierre Petit]], 1870]] '''Franz Liszt''' ({{IPA-de|fʁant͡s lɪst|lang}}); {{lang-hu|'''Liszt Ferencz''', in modern use '''Liszt Ferenc'''}}), (October 22, 1811 – July 31, 1886) was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher. Liszt became renowned in Europe during the nineteenth century for his virtuosic skill as a pianist. He was said by his contemporaries to have been the most technically advanced pianist of his age. In the 1840s he was considered by some to be perhaps the greatest pianist of all time. He was also a well-known composer, piano teacher, and conductor. He was a benefactor to other composers, including [[Richard Wagner]], [[Hector Berlioz]], [[Camille Saint-Saëns]], [[Edvard Grieg]] and [[Alexander Borodin]]. As a composer, Liszt was one of the most prominent representatives of the "[[New German School|Neudeutsche Schule]]" ("New German School"). He left behind an extensive and diverse body of work in which he influenced his forward-looking contemporaries and anticipated some 20th-century ideas and trends. Some of his most notable contributions were the invention of the [[symphonic poem]], developing the concept of [[thematic transformation]] as part of his experiments in [[musical form]] and making radical departures in harmony. ==Life== {{Main|Life of Franz Liszt}} [[File:Listz - Sopron.jpg|thumb|Memorial tablet in [[Sopron]]]] [[File:Blava 2007-3-28-37.jpg|thumb|Memorial tablet at the Leopold de Pauli Palace in [[Bratislava]] commemorating Liszt's concert there in 1820, aged 9]] ===Early life=== The earliest known ancestor of Liszt is his great-grandfather, Sebastian List, who was one of the thousands of German migrant [[Serf|serfs]] locally migrating within the [[Austrian Empire]]'s territories (around the area now constituting [[Lower Austria]] and [[Hungary]]), in the first half of the 18th century, and died in 1793 in [[Rajka]], [[Moson County]], [[Kingdom of Hungary]]. Liszt's grandfather was an overseer on several [[House of Esterházy|Esterházy]] estates; he could play the piano, violin and organ. The Liszt clan dispersed throughout Austria and Hungary and gradually lost touch with one another. Franz Liszt was born to [[Anna Liszt|Marie Anna Lager]] and [[Ádám Liszt]] on October 22, 1811, in the village of [[Raiding, Austria|Doborján]] ({{lang-de|link=no|Raiding}}) in [[Sopron County]], in the [[Kingdom of Hungary]].Throughout his life he claimed to be Magyar, rather than French or German, and referred to Hungary as his homeland. When later in his life he gave charity concerts in the country, he sometimes appeared wearing national dress. (Walker, Franz Liszt: The Virtuoso Years, 1811–1847, p. 48) His father would use only the [[Hungarian language]] when dealing, as steward, with the folk of the village in which the family settled. Liszt's father played the piano, violin, cello, and guitar. He had been in the service of [[Nikolaus II, Prince Esterházy|Prince Nikolaus II Esterházy]] and knew [[Joseph Haydn|Haydn]], [[Johann Nepomuk Hummel|Hummel]] and [[Ludwig van Beethoven|Beethoven]] personally. At age six, Franz began listening attentively to his father's piano playing and showed an interest in both sacred and [[Romani music]]. Adam began teaching him the piano at age seven, and Franz began composing in an elementary manner when he was eight. He appeared in concerts at [[Sopron]] and [[Pozsony]] ({{lang-de|link=no|Pressburg}}; {{lang-sk|Bratislava}}) in October and November 1820 at age 9. After the concerts, a group of wealthy sponsors offered to finance Franz's musical education abroad. In [[Vienna]], Liszt received piano lessons from [[Carl Czerny]], who in his own youth had been a student of Beethoven and Hummel. He also received lessons in composition from [[Antonio Salieri]], who was then music director of the Viennese court. His public debut in Vienna on December 1, 1822, at a concert at the "Landständischer Saal," was a great success. He was greeted in Austrian and Hungarian aristocratic circles and also met Beethoven and [[Franz Schubert|Schubert]]. In spring 1823, when the one year leave of absence came to an end, Adam Liszt asked Prince Esterházy in vain for two more years. Adam Liszt therefore took his leave of the Prince's services. At the end of April 1823, the family returned to Hungary for the last time. At end of May 1823, the family went to Vienna again. Towards the end of 1823 or early 1824, Liszt's first published composition appeared in print, a [[Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli (Liszt)|Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli]] (now S. 147), which was Variation 24 in Part II of ''[[Vaterländischer Künstlerverein]]''. This anthology, commissioned by Diabelli, included 50 variations on his waltz by 50 different composers (Part II), Part I being taken up by Beethoven's 33 variations on the same theme, which are now better known as the ''[[Diabelli Variations]]'', Op. 120. ===Adolescence in Paris=== After his father's death Liszt moved to Paris; for the next five years he was to live with his mother in a small apartment. He gave up touring. To earn money, Liszt gave lessons in piano playing and composition, often from early morning until late at night. His students were scattered across the city and he often had to cover long distances. Because of this, he kept uncertain hours and also took up smoking and drinking—all habits he would continue throughout his life. The following year he fell in love with one of his pupils, Caroline de Saint-Cricq, the daughter of [[Charles X of France|Charles X]]'s minister of commerce. However, her father insisted that the affair be broken off. Liszt fell very ill, to the extent that an obituary notice was printed in a Paris newspaper, and he underwent a long period of religious doubts and pessimism. He again stated a wish to join the Church but was dissuaded this time by his mother. He had many discussions with the [[Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais|Abbé de Lamennais]], who acted as his spiritual father, and also with [[Chrétien Urhan]], a German-born violinist who introduced him to the [[Saint-Simonianism|Saint-Simonists]]. Urhan also wrote music that was anti-classical and highly subjective, with titles such as ''Elle et moi, La Salvation angélique'' and ''Les Regrets'', and may have whetted the young Liszt's taste for musical romanticism. Equally important for Liszt was Urhan's earnest championship of Schubert, which may have stimulated his own lifelong devotion to that composer's music. During this period Liszt read widely to overcome his lack of a general education, and he soon came into contact with many of the leading authors and artists of his day, including [[Victor Hugo]], [[Alphonse de Lamartine]] and [[Heinrich Heine]]. He composed practically nothing in these years. Nevertheless, the [[July Revolution]] of 1830 inspired him to sketch a Revolutionary Symphony based on the events of the "three glorious days," and he took a greater interest in events surrounding him. He met [[Hector Berlioz]] on December 4, 1830, the day before the premiere of the ''[[Symphonie fantastique]]''. Berlioz's music made a strong impression on Liszt, especially later when he was writing for orchestra. He also inherited from Berlioz the diabolic quality of many of his works. [[File:NiccoloPaganini.jpeg|thumb|upright|[[Niccolò Paganini]]. His playing inspired Liszt to become as great a virtuoso.]] ===Paganini=== After attending an April 20, 1832 concert for charity, for the victims of a Parisian cholera epidemic, by [[Niccolò Paganini]], Liszt became determined to become as great a virtuoso on the piano as Paganini was on the violin. Paris in the 1830s had become the nexus for pianistic activities, with dozens of pianists dedicated to perfection at the keyboard. Some, such as [[Sigismond Thalberg]] and [[Alexander Dreyschock]], focused on specific aspects of technique (e.g. the "three-hand effect" and octaves, respectively). While it was called the "flying trapeze" school of piano playing, this generation also solved some of the most intractable problems of piano technique, raising the general level of performance to previously unimagined heights. Liszt's strength and ability to stand out in this company was in mastering all the aspects of piano technique cultivated singly and assiduously by his rivals. In 1833 he made transcriptions of several works by Berlioz, including the ''Symphonie fantastique''. His chief motive in doing so, especially with the ''Symphonie'', was to help the poverty-stricken Berlioz, whose symphony remained unknown and unpublished. Liszt bore the expense of publishing the transcription himself and played it many times to help popularise the original score. He was also forming a friendship with a third composer who influenced him, [[Frédéric Chopin]]; under his influence Liszt's poetic and romantic side began to develop. ===With Countess Marie d'Agoult=== In 1833, Liszt began his relationship with the Countess [[Marie d'Agoult]]. In addition to this, at the end of April 1834 he made the acquaintance of [[Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais|Felicité de Lamennais]]. Under the influence of both, Liszt's creative output exploded. In 1834 Liszt debuted as a mature and original composer with his piano compositions ''[[Harmonies poétiques et religieuses]]'' and the set of three ''Apparitions''. These were all poetic works which contrasted strongly with the fantasies he had written earlier. [[File:Barabas-liszt.jpg|thumb|left|upright|Franz Liszt, portrait by [[Miklós Barabás]], a Hungarian painter, 1847]] In 1835 the countess left her husband and family to join Liszt in Geneva; their daughter Blandine was born there on December 18. Liszt taught at the newly founded Geneva Conservatory, wrote a manual of piano technique (later lost) and contributed essays for the Paris ''Revue et gazette musicale''. In these essays, he argued for the raising of the artist from the status of a servant to a respected member of the community. For the next four years Liszt and the countess lived together, mainly in Switzerland and Italy, where their daughter, [[Cosima Wagner|Cosima]], was born in [[Como]], with occasional visits to Paris. On May 9, 1839 Liszt's and the countess's only son, Daniel, was born, but that autumn relations between them became strained. Liszt heard that plans for a [[Beethoven Monument, Bonn|Beethoven monument in Bonn]] were in danger of collapse for lack of funds, and pledged his support. Doing so meant returning to the life of a touring virtuoso. The countess returned to Paris with the children, while Liszt gave six concerts in Vienna, then toured Hungary. ===Touring Europe=== [[File:Franz Liszt by Herman Biow- 1843.png|thumb||Liszt in 1843, at the height of his career]] For the next eight years Liszt continued to tour Europe, spending holidays with the countess and their children on the island of [[Nonnenwerth]] on the Rhine in summers 1841 and 1843. In spring 1844 the couple finally separated. This was Liszt's most brilliant period as a concert pianist. Honours were showered on him and he was adulated everywhere he went. Since Liszt often appeared three or four times a week in concert, it could be safe to assume that he appeared in public well over a thousand times during this eight-year period. Moreover, his great fame as a pianist, which he would continue to enjoy long after he had officially retired from the concert stage, was based mainly on his accomplishments during this time. After 1842 "[[Lisztomania (phenomenon)|Lisztomania]]" swept across Europe. The reception Liszt enjoyed as a result can only be described as hysterical. Women fought over his silk handkerchiefs and velvet gloves, which they ripped to shreds as souvenirs. Helping fuel this atmosphere was the artist's mesmeric personality and stage presence. Many witnesses later testified that Liszt's playing raised the mood of audiences to a level of mystical ecstasy. Adding to his reputation was the fact that Liszt gave away much of his proceeds to charity and humanitarian causes. In fact, Liszt had made so much money by his mid-forties that virtually all his performing fees after 1857 went to charity. While his work for the Beethoven monument and the Hungarian National School of Music are well known, he also gave generously to the building fund of Cologne Cathedral, the establishment of a ''Gymnasium'' at Dortmund, and the construction of the Leopold Church in Pest. There were also private donations to hospitals, schools and charitable organizations such as the Leipzig Musicians Pension Fund. When he found out about the Great Fire of Hamburg, which raged for three weeks during May 1842 and destroyed much of the city, he gave concerts in aid of the thousands of homeless there. ===Liszt in Weimar=== In February 1847, Liszt played in [[Kiev]]. There he met the Princess [[Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein]], who dominated most of the rest of his life. She persuaded him to concentrate on composition, which meant giving up his career as a travelling virtuoso. After a tour of the Balkans, Turkey and Russia that summer, Liszt gave his final concert for pay at Elisavetgrad in September. He spent the winter with the princess at her estate in Woronince. By retiring from the concert platform at 35, while still at the height of his powers, Liszt succeeded in keeping the legend of his playing untarnished. [[File:Franz Liszt 1858.jpg|thumb|left|upright|Liszt in 1858 by [[Franz Hanfstaengl]]]] The following year, Liszt took up a long-standing invitation of Grand Duchess [[Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1786–1859)|Maria Pavlovna of Russia]] to settle at [[Weimar]], where he had been appointed ''[[Kapellmeister]] Extraordinaire'' in 1842, remaining there until 1861. During this period he acted as conductor at court concerts and on special occasions at the theatre. He gave lessons to a number of pianists, including the great virtuoso [[Hans von Bülow]], who married Liszt's daughter [[Cosima Wagner|Cosima]] in 1857 (years later, she would marry [[Richard Wagner]]). He also wrote articles championing Berlioz and Wagner. Finally, Liszt had ample time to compose and during the next 12 years revised or produced those orchestral and choral pieces upon which his reputation as a composer mainly rests. His efforts on behalf of Wagner, who was then an exile in Switzerland, culminated in the first performance of ''[[Lohengrin (opera)|Lohengrin]]'' in 1850. Princess Carolyne lived with Liszt during his years in Weimar. She eventually wished to marry Liszt, but since she had been previously married and her husband, Russian military officer Prince Nikolaus zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Ludwigsburg (1812–1864), was still alive, she had to convince the Roman Catholic authorities that her marriage to him had been invalid. After huge efforts and a monstrously intricate process, she was temporarily successful (September 1860). It was planned that the couple would marry in Rome, on October 22, 1861, Liszt's 50th birthday. Liszt having arrived in Rome on October 21, 1861, the Princess nevertheless declined, by the late evening, to marry him. It appears that both her husband and the Tsar of Russia had managed to quash permission for the marriage at the Vatican. The Russian government also impounded her several estates in the Polish Ukraine, which made her later marriage to anybody unfeasible. ===Liszt in Rome=== [[File:Liszt-1870.jpg|thumb|upright|Liszt, photo by Franz Hanfstaengl, June 1867]] The 1860s were a period of great sadness in Liszt's private life. On December 13, 1859, he lost his son Daniel, and on September 11, 1862, his daughter Blandine also died. In letters to friends, Liszt afterwards announced that he would retreat to a solitary living. He found it at the monastery ''Madonna del Rosario'', just outside Rome, where on June 20, 1863, he took up quarters in a small, Spartan apartment. He had on June 23, 1857, already joined a [[Franciscan]] order. On April 25, 1865, he received the [[tonsure]] at the hands of Cardinal [[Hohenlohe]]. Following this he was sometimes called the ''[[Abbé]]'' Liszt. On July 31, 1865 he received the four minor orders of [[Ostiarius|porter]], [[lector]], [[exorcist]], and [[acolyte]]. On August 14, 1879 he was made an honorary [[canon (priest)|canon]] of [[Albano Laziale|Albano]]. On some occasions, Liszt took part in Rome's musical life. On March 26, 1863, at a concert at the ''Palazzo Altieri'', he directed a programme of sacred music. The "Seligkeiten" of his "Christus-Oratorio" and his "Cantico del Sol di Francesco d'Assisi", as well as [[Joseph Haydn|Haydn's]] "[[The Creation (Haydn)|Die Schöpfung]]" and works by [[Johann Sebastian Bach|J. S. Bach]], Beethoven, [[Niccolò Jommelli|Jommelli]], [[Felix Mendelssohn|Mendelssohn]] and [[Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina|Palestrina]] were performed. On January 4, 1866, Liszt directed the "Stabat mater" of his "Christus-Oratorio", and on February 26, 1866, his "[[Dante Symphony]]". There were several further occasions of similar kind, but in comparison with the duration of Liszt's stay in Rome, they were exceptions. Bódog Pichler, who visited Liszt in 1864 and asked him for his future plans, had the impression that Rome's musical life was not satisfying for Liszt.{{Citation needed|date=January 2010}} ===Threefold life=== Liszt was invited back to Weimar in 1869 to give master classes in piano playing. Two years later he was asked to do the same in Budapest at the Hungarian [[Franz Liszt Academy of Music|Music Academy]]. From then until the end of his life he made regular journeys between Rome, Weimar and Budapest, continuing what he called his "vie trifurquée" or threefold existence. It is estimated that Liszt travelled at least 4,000 miles a year during this period in his life—an exceptional figure given his advancing age and the rigors of road and rail in the 1870s. ===Last years=== [[File:Franz Liszt by Nadar, March 1886.png|thumb|left|upright|Liszt a few months before his death. Photo by [[Nadar (photographer)|Nadar]]]] Liszt fell down the stairs of the Hotel in Weimar on July 2, 1881. Though friends and colleagues had noted swelling in his feet and legs when he had arrived in Weimar the previous month (an indication of possible [[congestive heart failure]]), he had been in good health up to that point and was still fit and active. He was left immobilized for eight weeks after the accident and never fully recovered from it. A number of ailments manifested—[[dropsy]], [[asthma]], [[insomnia]], a [[cataract]] of the left eye and heart disease. The last-mentioned eventually contributed to Liszt's death. He became increasingly plagued by feelings of desolation, despair and preoccupation with death—feelings which he expressed in his [[Late works of Franz Liszt|works from this period]]. As he told [[Lina Ramann]], "I carry a deep sadness of the heart which must now and then break out in sound." He died in Bayreuth, Germany, on July 31, 1886, at age 74, officially as a result of [[pneumonia]] which he may have contracted during the [[Bayreuth Festival]] hosted by his daughter Cosima. Questions have been posed as to whether [[medical malpractice]] played a direct part in Liszt's demise. Composer [[Camille Saint-Saëns]], an old friend, whom Liszt had once called "the greatest organist in the world", dedicated his [[Symphony No. 3 (Saint-Saëns)|Symphony No. 3 "Organ Symphony"]] to Liszt; it had premiered in London only a few weeks before his death. ===Performing style=== There are few, if any, good sources that give an impression of how Liszt really sounded from the 1820s. [[Carl Czerny]] claimed Liszt was a natural who played according to feeling, and reviews of his concerts especially praise the brilliance, strength and precision in his playing. At least one also mentions his ability to keep absolute tempo, which may be due to his father's insistence that he practice with a metronome.{{Citation needed|date=November 2008}} His repertoire at this time consisted primarily of pieces in the style of the brilliant Viennese school, such as concertos by [[Johann Nepomuk Hummel|Hummel]] and works by his former teacher Czerny, and his concerts often included a chance for the boy to display his prowess in improvisation. [[File:Liszt at the Piano.JPG|thumb|350px|''Franz Liszt Fantasizing at the Piano'' (1840), by [[Josef Danhauser|Danhauser]], commissioned by [[Conrad Graf]]. The imagined gathering shows seated [[Alfred de Musset]] or [[Alexandre Dumas]], [[George Sand]], Franz Liszt, [[Marie d'Agoult]]; standing [[Hector Berlioz]] or [[Victor Hugo]], [[Niccolò Paganini]], [[Gioachino Rossini]]; a bust of [[Ludwig van Beethoven|Beethoven]] on the grand piano (a "Graf"), a portrait of [[Lord Byron]] on the wall, a statue of [[Joan of Arc]] on the far left.]] Following the death of Liszt's father in 1827 and his hiatus from the life as a touring virtuoso, it is likely Liszt's playing gradually developed a more personal style. One of the most detailed descriptions of his playing from this time comes from the winter of 1831/1832, during which he was earning a living primarily as a teacher in Paris. Among his pupils were Valerie Boissier, whose mother Caroline kept a careful diary of the lessons. From her we learn that:
"M. Liszt's playing contains abandonment, a liberated feeling, but even when it becomes impetuous and energetic in his fortissimo, it is still without harshness and dryness. [...] [He] draws from the piano tones that are purer, mellower and stronger than anyone has been able to do; his touch has an indescribable charm. [...] He is the enemy of affected, stilted, contorted expressions. Most of all, he wants truth in musical sentiment, and so he makes a psychological study of his emotions to convey them as they are. Thus, a strong expression is often followed by a sense of fatigue and dejection, a kind of coldness, because this is the way nature works."
Possibly influenced by Paganini's showmanship, once Liszt began focusing on his career as a pianist again his emotionally vivid presentations of the music were rarely limited to mere sound. His facial expression and gestures at the piano would reflect what he played, for which he was sometimes mocked in the press. Also noted was the extravagant liberties he could take with the text of a score at this time. Berlioz tells us how Liszt would add cadenzas, tremolos and trills when playing the first movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, and created a dramatic scene by changing the tempo between Largo and Presto. In his ''Baccalaureus letter'' to George Sand from the beginning of 1837, Liszt admitted that he had done so for the purpose of gaining applause, and promised to follow both the letter and the spirit of a score from then on. It has been debated to what extent he realized his promise, however. By July 1840 the British newspaper ''The Times'' could still report
"His performance commenced with Händel's Fugue in E minor, which was played by Liszt with an avoidance of everything approaching to meretricious ornament, and indeed scarcely any additions, except a multitude of ingeniously contrived and appropriate harmonies, casting a glow of colour over the beauties of the composition, and infusing into it a spirit which from no other hand it ever received."
===Repertoire=== During his years as a travelling virtuoso Liszt performed an enormous amount of music throughout Europe, but his core repertoire always centered around his own compositions, paraphrases and transcriptions. Studying Liszt's German concerts between 1840 and 1845, the five most frequently played pieces were the ''[[Grand galop chromatique]]'', [[Franz Schubert|Schubert]]'s ''[[Der Erlkönig|Erlkönig]]'' (in Liszt's transcription), ''[[Réminiscences de Don Juan]]'', ''Réminiscences de Robert le Diable'', and ''Réminiscences de Lucia de Lammermoor''. Among the works by other composers we find compositions like [[Carl Maria von Weber|Weber]]'s ''[[Invitation to the Dance (Weber)|Invitation to the Dance]]'', [[Frédéric Chopin|Chopin]] [[Mazurkas (Chopin)|mazurkas]], études by composers like [[Ignaz Moscheles]], Chopin and [[Ferdinand Hiller]], but also major works by Beethoven, Schumann, Weber and Hummel, and from time to time even selections from Bach, Handel and Scarlatti. Most of the concerts at this time were shared with other artists, and as a result Liszt also often accompanied singers, participated in chamber music, or performed works with an orchestra in addition to his own solo part. Frequently played works include Weber's Konzertstück, Beethoven's Emperor Concerto and Choral Fantasy, and Liszt's reworking of the Hexameron for piano and orchestra. His chamber music repertoire included Hummel's Septet, Beethoven's Archduke Trio and Kreutzer Sonata, and a large selection of songs by composers like Rossini, Donizetti, Beethoven and especially Schubert. At some concerts Liszt could not find musicians to share the program with, and consequently was among the first to give solo piano recitals in the modern sense of the word. The term was coined by the publisher Frederick Beale, who suggested it for Liszt's concert at the [[Hanover Square Rooms]] in London on June 9, 1840, even though Liszt had given concerts all by himself already by March 1839. ==Musical works== {{Main|Musical works of Franz Liszt}} {{See also|List of compositions by Franz Liszt (S.1–S.350)|List of compositions by Franz Liszt (S.351–S.999)}} [[File:Liszt-Villa d'Este.jpg|thumb|upright|The sound of the fountains of the famous garden of [[Villa d'Este]] inspired Liszt to write a piano piece called "Jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este". The villa and the portrait of the composer can be seen in the same image made by [[István Orosz]].]] Liszt was a prolific composer. His composition career has a clear arch that follows his changing professional and personal life.{{Citation needed|date=December 2009}} Liszt is best known for his piano music, but he wrote extensively for many media. Because of his background as a forefront technical piano virtuoso, Liszt's piano works are often marked by their difficulty. Liszt is very well known as a programmatic composer, or an individual who bases his compositional ideas in extra-musical things such as a poetry or painting. Liszt is credited with the creation of the [[Symphonic Poem]] which is a programmatic orchestral work that generally consists of a single movement. Liszt's compositional style delved deeply into issues of unity both within and across movements. For this reason, in his most famous and virtuosic works, he is an archetypal Romantic composer. Liszt pioneered the technique of [[thematic transformation]], a method of development which was related to both the existing variation technique and to the new use of the Leitmotif by [[Richard Wagner]]. ===Piano music=== The largest and best-known portion of Liszt's music is his original piano work. His thoroughly revised masterwork, "[[Années de pèlerinage]]" ("Years of Pilgrimage") includes arguably his most provocative and stirring pieces. This set of three suites ranges from the virtuosity of the Suisse Orage (Storm) to the subtle and imaginative visualizations of artworks by [[Michelangelo]] and [[Raphael]] in the second set. Années contains some pieces which are loose transcriptions of Liszt's own earlier compositions; the first "year" recreates his early pieces of "Album d'un voyageur", while the second book includes a resetting of his own song transcriptions once separately published as "Tre sonetti di Petrarca" ("Three sonnets of Petrarch"). The relative obscurity of the vast majority of his works may be explained by the immense number of pieces he composed, and the level of technical difficulty which was present in much of his composition. Liszt's piano works are usually divided into two categories. On the one hand, there are "original works", and on the other hand "transcriptions", "paraphrases" or "fantasies" on works by other composers. Examples for the first category are works such as the piece ''Harmonies poétiques et religieuses'' of May 1833 and the [[Piano Sonata (Liszt)|''Piano Sonata in B minor'']] (1853). Liszt's transcriptions of Schubert songs, his fantasies on operatic melodies, and his piano arrangements of symphonies by [[Hector Berlioz|Berlioz]] and Beethoven are examples from the second category. As special case, Liszt also made piano arrangements of his own instrumental and vocal works. Examples of this kind are the arrangement of the second movement "Gretchen" of his ''Faust Symphony'' and the first "Mephisto Waltz" as well as the "[[Liebesträume]] No. 3" and the two volumes of his "Buch der Lieder". ===Transcriptions=== When Liszt wrote transcriptions of works by other composers, he invested a lot of creativity in doing so. Instead of just overtaking original melodies and harmonies, he ameliorated them. In the case of his fantasies and transcriptions in the Italian style, composers such as [[Vincenzo Bellini|Bellini]] and [[Gaetano Donizetti|Donizetti]] knew that certain forms, usually periods of eight measures, were to be filled with music. Occasionally, while the first half of a period was composed with inspiration, the second half was added with mechanical routine. Liszt changed this by modifying the melody, bass and occasionally the harmonies. Liszt's transcriptions yielded results that were often more inventive than what Liszt or the original composer could have achieved alone. Some notable examples are the ''Sonnambula-fantasy'' ([[Vincenzo Bellini|Bellini]]), the ''Rigoletto-Paraphrase'' ([[Giuseppe Verdi|Verdi]]), the ''Faust-Walzer'' ([[Charles Gounod|Gounod]]), and "[[Réminiscences de Don Juan]]" ([[Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|Mozart]]). [[Hans von Bülow]] admitted that Liszt's transcription of his ''Dante Sonett'' "Tanto gentile" was much more refined than the original he himself had composed. Liszt's transcriptions of Schubert songs, his fantasies on operatic melodies, and his piano arrangements of symphonies by Berlioz and Beethoven are other well known examples of piano transcriptions.{{Citation needed|date=December 2009}} Liszt was the second pianist (after [[Friedrich Kalkbrenner|Kalkbrenner]]) to [[Beethoven Symphonies (Liszt)|transcribe Beethoven's symphonies for the piano]]. He usually performed them for audiences that would probably never have an opportunity to hear the orchestral version. ===Original songs=== Franz Liszt composed about six dozen original songs with piano accompaniment. In most cases the lyrics were in German or French, but there are also some songs in Italian and Hungarian and one song in English. Liszt began with the song "Angiolin dal biondo crin" in 1839, and by 1844 had composed about two dozen songs. Some of them had been published as single pieces. In addition, there was an 1843–1844 series "Buch der Lieder". The series had been projected for three volumes, consisting of six songs each, but only two volumes appeared. Although Liszt's early songs are seldom sung, they show him in much better light than works such as the paraphrase "[[Gaudeamus igitur]]" and the ''[[Galop]]'' after Bulhakow, both composed in 1843. The transcriptions of the two volumes of the "[[Buch der Lieder]]" can be counted among Liszt's finest piano works. However, the contemporaries had much to criticise with regard to the style of the songs. Further critical remarks can be found in Peter Raabe's ''Liszts Schaffen''. Today, Liszt's songs are nearly entirely forgotten. As an exception, most frequently the song "Ich möchte hingehen" is cited. It is because of a single bar, most resembling the [[Tristan chord|opening motif]] of Wagner's ''[[Tristan und Isolde]]''. While it is commonly claimed that Liszt wrote that motif ten years before Wagner started work on his masterpiece, it has turned out that this is not true: the original version of "Ich möchte hingehn" was composed in 1844 or 1845. There are four manuscripts, and only a single one, a copy by August Conradi, contains the said bar with the ''Tristan'' motif. It is on a paste-over in Liszt's hand. Since in the second half of 1858 Liszt was preparing his songs for publication, and he just at that time received the first act of Wagner's ''Tristan'', it is most likely that the version on the paste-over was a [[Musical quotation|quotation]] from Wagner. This is not to say the motif was originally invented by Wagner. An earlier example can be found in bar 100 of Liszt's Ballade No. 2 in B minor for piano, composed in 1853. ===Programme music=== [[File:Liszt Ferenc Kalocsa.jpg|thumb|A statue of Liszt in [[Kalocsa]], Hungary|upright]] Liszt, in some of his works, supported the idea of [[Program music|programme music]] – that is, music intended to evoke extra-musical ideas. By contrast, [[absolute music]] (a radical new idea in the 19th century world of music) stands for itself and is intended to be appreciated without any particular reference to the outside world. Liszt's own point of view regarding programme music can for the time of his youth be taken from the preface of the ''Album d'un voyageur'' (1837). According to this, a landscape could evoke a certain kind of mood. Since a piece of music could also evoke a mood, a mysterious resemblance with the landscape could be imagined. In this sense the music would not paint the landscape, but it would match the landscape in a third category, the mood. In July 1854 Liszt wrote his essay about Berlioz and ''[[Harold en Italie|Harold in Italy]]'' that stated that not all music was programme music. If, in the heat of a debate, a person would go so far as to claim the contrary, it would be better to put all ideas of programme music aside. But it would be possible to take means like harmony, modulation, rhythm, instrumentation and others to let a musical motif endure a fate. In any case, a programme should only be added to a piece of music if it was necessarily needed for an adequate understanding of that piece. Still later, in a letter to Marie d'Agoult of November 15, 1864, Liszt wrote: :"Without any reserve I completely subscribe to the rule of which you so kindly want to remind me, that those musical works which are in a general sense following a programme must take effect on imagination and emotion, independent of any programme. In other words: All beautiful music must be first rate and always satisfy the absolute rules of music which are not to be violated or prescribed". ===Symphonic poems=== [[File:Wilhelm von Kaulbach 001.jpg|thumb|''Die Hunnenschlacht'', as painted by [[Wilhelm von Kaulbach]], which in turn inspired one of Liszt's symphonic poems]] {{See also|Symphonic poems (Liszt)}} A symphonic poem or tone poem is a piece of orchestral music in one movement in which some extramusical program provides a narrative or illustrative element. This program may come from a poem, a story or novel, a painting, or another source. The term was first applied by Liszt to his 13 one-movement orchestral works in this vein. They were not pure [[symphony|symphonic movements]] in the classical sense because they dealt with descriptive subjects taken from [[mythology]], Romantic literature, recent history or imaginative fantasy. In other words, these works were programmatic rather than abstract. The form was a direct product of [[Romanticism]] which encouraged literary, pictorial and dramatic associations in music. It developed into an important form of [[program music]] in the second half of the 19th century. The first 12 symphonic poems were composed in the decade 1848–58 (though some use material conceived earlier); one other, ''Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe'' (''From the Cradle to the Grave''), followed in 1882. Liszt's intent, according to [[Hugh Macdonald|Hugh MacDonald]] in the ''[[Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians|New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980)]]'', was for these single-movement works "to display the traditional logic of symphonic thought." That logic, embodied in [[sonata form]] as [[musical development]], was traditionally the unfolding of latent possibilities in given themes in rhythm, [[melody]] and [[harmony]], either in part or in their entirety, as they were allowed to combine, separate and contrast with one another. To the resulting sense of struggle Beethoven had added an intensity of feeling and the involvement of his audiences in that feeling, beginning from the [[Symphony No. 3 (Beethoven)|''Eroica'' Symphony]] to use the elements of the craft of music—[[melody]], [[Bass (sound)|bass]], [[counterpoint]], rhythm and harmony—in a new synthesis of elements toward this end. Liszt attempted in the symphonic poem to extend this revitalization of the nature of musical discourse and add to it the Romantic ideal of reconciling classical formal principles to external literary concepts. To this end, he combined elements of [[overture]] and [[symphony]] with descriptive elements, approaching symphonic first movements in form and scale. While showing extremely creative amendments to sonata form, Liszt used compositional devices such as [[cyclic form]], [[leitmotif|motifs]] and [[thematic transformation]] to lend these works added coherence. Their composition proved daunting, requiring a continual process of creative experimentation that included many stages of composition, rehearsal and revision to reach a version where different parts of the musical form seemed balanced. ===Late works=== {{See also|Late works of Franz Liszt}} [[File:liszt-vanity-fair.jpg|thumb|upright|Liszt as caricatured in 1886 by ''[[Vanity Fair (British magazine 1868-1914)|Vanity Fair]]'s ''[[Leslie Ward|'Spy']]]] With some works from the end of the Weimar years Liszt drifted more and more away from the musical taste of his time. An early example is the melodrama "Der traurige Mönch" ("The sad monk") after a poem by [[Nikolaus Lenau]], composed in the beginning of October 1860. While in the 19th century harmonies were usually considered as major or minor triads to which [[consonance and dissonance|dissonances]] could be added, Liszt took the [[augmented triad]] as central chord. More examples can be found in the third volume of Liszt's ''Années de Pèlerinage''. "Les Jeux d'Eaux à la Villa d'Este" ("The Fountains of the [[Villa d'Este]]"), composed in September 1877, foreshadows the [[impressionism]] of pieces on similar subjects by [[Claude Debussy|Debussy]] and [[Maurice Ravel|Ravel]]. However, other pieces such as the "Marche funèbre, En mémoire de Maximilian I, Empereur du Mexique" ("Funeral march, In memory of Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico") composed in 1867 are without stylistic parallel in the 19th and 20th centuries. At a later stage Liszt experimented with "forbidden" things such as parallel 5ths in the "Csárdás macabre" and [[atonality]] in the ''[[Bagatelle sans tonalité]]'' ("Bagatelle without Tonality"). In the last part of his "2de Valse oubliée" ("2nd Forgotten waltz") Liszt composed that he could not find a lyrical melody.{{Clarify|date=September 2008}} Pieces like the "2nd Mephisto-Waltz" are shocking with nearly endless repetitions of short motives. Also characteristic are the "Via crucis" of 1878, as well as ''Unstern!'', ''[[Nuages gris]]'', and the two works entitled ''[[La lugubre gondola]]'' of the 1880s. ==Literary works== Besides his musical works, Liszt wrote essays about many subjects. Most important for an understanding of his development is the article series "De la situation des artistes" ("On the situation of the artists") which was published in the Parisian ''Gazette musicale'' in 1835. In winter 1835–36, during Liszt's stay in [[Geneva]], about half a dozen further essays followed. One of them was slated to be published under the pseudonym, "Emm Prym", was about Liszt's own works. It was sent to Maurice Schlesinger, editor of the ''Gazette musicale''. Schlesinger, however, following the advice of Berlioz, did not publish it. In the beginning of 1837, Liszt published a review of some piano works of [[Sigismond Thalberg]]. The review provoked a huge scandal. Liszt also published a series of writings titled "Baccalaureus letters", ending in 1841. During the Weimar years, Liszt wrote a series of essays about operas, leading from [[Christoph Willibald Gluck|Gluck]] to [[Richard Wagner|Wagner]]. Liszt also wrote essays about Berlioz and the symphony ''[[Harold en Italie|Harold in Italy]]'', [[Robert Schumann|Robert]] and [[Clara Schumann]], [[John Field (composer)|John Field's]] nocturnes, songs of [[Robert Franz]], a planned [[Johann Wolfgang von Goethe|Goethe]] foundation at Weimar, and other subjects. In addition to essays, Liszt wrote a book about [[Frédéric Chopin|Chopin]] as well as a book about the [[Romani people|Romanis]] (Gypsies) and their music in Hungary. While all of those literary works were published under Liszt's name, it is not quite clear which parts of them he had written himself. It is known from his letters that during the time of his youth there had been collaboration with Marie d'Agoult. During the Weimar years it was the Princess Wittgenstein who helped him. In most cases the manuscripts have disappeared so that it is difficult to determine which of Liszt's literary works actually were works of his own. However, until the end of his life it was Liszt's point of view that it was he who was responsible for the contents of those literary works. Liszt also worked until at least 1885 on a treatise for modern harmony. Pianist [[Arthur Friedheim]], who also served as Liszt's personal secretary, remembered seeing it among Liszt's papers at Weimar. Liszt told Friedheim that the time was not yet ripe to publish the manuscript, titled ''Sketches for a Harmony of the Future''. Unfortunately, this treatise has been lost. Liszt also wrote a biography of his friend and fellow composer [[Frédéric Chopin]], "Life of Chopin". ==Legacy== Although there was a period in which many considered Liszt's works "flashy" or superficial, it is now held that many of Liszt's compositions such as ''Nuages gris'', ''Les jeux d'eaux à la villa d'Este'', etc., which contain parallel fifths, the whole-tone scale, parallel diminished and augmented triads, and unresolved dissonances, anticipated and influenced twentieth century music like that of Debussy, Ravel and Bartok. ====Early students==== Liszt was one of the most noted teachers of the 19th century. This part of his career commenced after his father's death in August 1827. For the purpose of earning his own and his mother's living, Liszt gave lessons in composition and piano playing. According to a letter to Monsieur de Mancy on December 23, 1829, he was so full of lessons that each day, from half-past eight in the morning till 10 at night, he had scarcely breathing time. Most of Liszt's students of this period were amateurs, but there were also some who made a professional career. An example of the first kind is Valérie Boissier, the later Comtesse de Gasparin. Examples of the second kind are [[Julius Eichberg]], Pierre Wolff, and Hermann Cohen. During winter 1835–36 they were Liszt's colleagues at the Conservatoire at [[Geneva]]. Wolff then went to [[Saint Petersburg]]. Cohen, who from [[George Sand]] received the nickname "Puzzi", developed into a very successful pianist. Of Jewish origin, he was baptized on August 28, 1847. On this day he experienced what he called an "apparition" of Christ, Mary and the saints in an "ecstasy of love". A year later he became novice of a Carmelite convent. When on October 7, 1850, he was professed, he took the name Père Augstin–Marie du Très Saint Sacrament ("Pater Augustin–Mary of the Most Holy Sacrament"). On April 19, 1851, he was ordained as priest. In spring 1862 he met Liszt in Rome. After colloquies with Pater Augustin, Liszt decided that he would himself become ecclesiastic. During the years of his tours Liszt gave only few lessons. Examples of students from this period are Johann Nepumuk Dunkl and Wilhelm von Lenz. Dunkl received lessons from Liszt during winter 1839–40. He had introduced himself by playing [[Sigismond Thalberg|Thalberg's]] Fantasy Op. 6 on melodies from [[Giacomo Meyerbeer|Meyerbeer's]] opera "Robert le diable". Liszt later called him a "Halbschüler" ("half-student"). Lenz, from St. Petersburg, had met Liszt already at the end of 1828. In summer 1842 he was in Paris again where he received further lessons from Liszt. He was merely an amateur with a repertoire of pieces such as Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9/2. In spring 1844, in Dresden, Liszt met the young [[Hans von Bülow]], his later son in law. Bülow's repertoire included Thalberg's Fantasy "La Donna del Lago" Op. 40 and Liszt's ''Sonnambula-Fantasy''. ====Later students==== Since Liszt had settled in Weimar, the number of those who received lessons from him was steadily increasing. Until his death in 1886 there would have been several hundred people who in some sense may have been regarded as his students. August Göllerich published a voluminous catalogue of them. In a note he added the remark that he had taken the connotation "student" in its widest sense. As consequence, his catalogue includes names of pianists, violinists, cellists, harpists, organists, composers, conductors, singers and even writers. Another catalogue was prepared by Carl Lachmund. In Lachmund's catalogue his own wife's name, missing in Göllerich's catalogue, is included. She had successfully persuaded Liszt to listen to her playing the harp. After she had played a single piece, without Liszt saying a word about it, she was nominated as Liszt's student by her husband. The following catalogue by Ludwig Nohl, headed with "Die Hauptschüler Liszts" ("Liszt's main students"), was approved in September 1881 and, with regard to the order of the names, corrected, by Liszt. {|cellpadding="3" |- |[[Hans von Bülow]]||[[Carl Tausig]]||[[Franz Bendel]]|| |- |[[Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff|Hans von Bronsart]]||[[Karl Klindworth]]||[[Alexander Winterberger]] |- |[[Julius Reubke]]||Theodor Ratzenberger||Robert Pflughaupt |- |Friedrich Altschul||Nicolaus Neilissoff||[[Carl Baermann]]|| |- |[[Dionys Pruckner]]||Ferdinand Schreiber||Louis Rothfeld |- |Antal Sipos||[[Julius Eichberg]]||[[Józef Wieniawski]] |- |Louis Jungmann||[[William Mason (composer)|William Mason]]||Max Pinner |- |[[Juliusz Zarębski]]||[[Giovanni Sgambati]]||Carlo Lippi |- |Siegfried Langgaard||[[Karl Pohlig]]||[[Arthur Friedheim]] |- |Louis Marek||[[Eduard Reuss]]||Bertrand Roth |- |Berthold Kellermann||Carl Stasny||Julius Richter |- |[[Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff|Ingeborg Starck-Bronsart]]||[[Sophie Menter|Sophie Menter-Popper]]||Sophie Pflughaupt |- |Aline Hundt||[[Max Erdmannsdörfer|Pauline Fichtner-Erdmannsdörfer]]||Ahrenda Blume |- |Anna Mehlig||[[Vera Timanova]]||Martha Remmert |- |Sara Magnus-Heinze||Dora Petersen||Ilonka Ravacz |- |Cäcilia Gaul||Marie Breidenstein||George Leitert |} In 1886 a similar catalogue would have been much longer, including names such as [[Eugen d'Albert]], [[Walter Bache]], Carl Lachmund, [[Moriz Rosenthal]], [[Emil von Sauer|Emil Sauer]], [[Alexander Siloti]], [[Conrad Ansorge]], William Dayas, August Göllerich, [[Bernhard Stavenhagen]], [[August Stradal]], and [[István Thomán]]. Nohl's catalogue was by far not complete, and this even when the restriction to the period since the Weimar years is neglected. Of Liszt's Hungarian students, for example, only Antal Sipos and Ilonka Ravasz were mentioned. Sipos had become Liszt's student in 1858 in Weimar, after Liszt had heard him playing at a concert and invited him. In 1861 Sipos returned to Budapest, where in 1875 he founded a music school. Ilonka Ravasz was since winter 1875–76 one of Liszt's most gifted students at the newly founded Royal Academy for Music at Budapest. Astonishingly, the names of Aladár Juhász and Károly Aggházy are missing in Nohl's catalogue, although both had been among Liszt's favourite students at the Hungarian Academy. Also missing are the names of Agnes Street-Klindworth and Olga Janina. Agnes Street-Klindworth had in 1853 arrived in Weimar, where she received lessons in piano playing from Liszt and lessons in composition from Peter Cornelius. Until 1861 she was Liszt's secret mistress. Olga Janina had joined the circle around Liszt in 1869 in Rome. According to Liszt's impression, she had rare and admirable musical talents. In his presence, she performed his piano concertos in E-flat and A Major as well as further examples of his works. Unfortunately, Olga Janina fell in love with Liszt. They had a short affair, until in spring 1871—on Liszt's initiative—they separated. Olga went to America, but in spring 1873 returned to Budapest. In a telegram to Liszt she had announced that she would kill him. After three adventurous days together with Liszt in an apartment in Budapest she left. Together with Liszt's student Franz Servais she first went to Belgium where she gave concerts which were brilliant successes. She then, together with Servais, went to Italy. During the 1870s Olga Janina wrote several scandalous books about Liszt, among them the novel ''Souvenirs d'une Cosaque'', published under the pseudonym "Robert Franz". In Göllerich's catalogue of Liszt's students she is registered as "Janina, Olga, Gräfin (Marquise Cezano) (Genf)". Thus she may have changed her name and moved to Geneva. Taking the preface of her ''Souvenirs d'une Cosaque'' literally, she had first moved from Italy to Paris where she had lived in poverty. The last paragraph of the preface can be read as a dedication to Liszt. Besides Liszt's master students there was a crowd of those who could at best reach only moderate abilities. In such cases, Liszt's lessons changed nothing. However, also several of Liszt's master students were disappointed about him. An example is Eugen d'Albert, who in the end was on nearly hostile terms with Liszt. The same must be said of [[Felix Draeseke]] who had joined the circle around Liszt at Weimar in 1857, and who during the first half of the 1860s had been one of the most prominent representatives of the [[New German School]]. In Nohl's catalogue he is not even mentioned. Also Hans von Bülow, since the 1860s, had more and more drifted towards a direction which was not only different from Liszt's, but opposite to it According to August Stradal, some of Liszt's master students had claimed that [[Anton Rubinstein]] was a better teacher than Liszt. It might have been meant as allusion to Emil Sauer, who had in Moscow studied with [[Nikolai Rubinstein]]. During a couple of months in summers 1884 and 1885 he studied with Liszt at Weimar. When he arrived for the first time, he already was a virtuoso of strongest calibre who shortly before had made a concert tour through Spain. The question of whether there was any change in his playing after he had studied with Liszt remains open. According to his autobiography ''Meine Welt'', he had found it imposing when Arthur Friedheim was thundering Liszt's ''Lucrezia-Fantasy''. Regarding Liszt's playing a Beethoven Sonata, however, he wrote, Liszt had at least given a good performance as actor. As his opinion, Sauer had told his fellow students that Anton Rubinstein was a greater composer than Liszt. In Sauer's own compositions, a piano concerto, two sonatas, about two and a half dozen Etudes and several concert pieces, no influence of Liszt as composer of the 1880s can be recognized. ===Liszt's teaching approach=== Liszt offered his students little technical advice, expecting them to "wash their dirty linen at home," as he phrased it. Instead, he focused on musical interpretation with a combination of anecdote, metaphor and wit. He advised one student tapping out the opening chords of Beethoven's [[Piano Sonata No. 21 (Beethoven)|''Waldstein'' Sonata]], "Do not chop beefsteak for us." To another who blurred the rhythm in Liszt's ''Gnomenreigen'' (usually done by playing the piece too fast in the composer's presence): "There you go, mixing salad again." Liszt also wanted to avoid creating carbon copies of himself; rather, he believed in preserving artistic individuality. There were some pieces which Liszt famously refused to hear at his masterclasses. Among them were [[Carl Tausig]]'s transcription of [[Johann Sebastian Bach|J. S. Bach]]'s organ [[Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565|Toccata and Fugue in D minor]], and [[Frédéric Chopin|Chopin]]'s [[Scherzo No. 2 (Chopin)|Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor]]. Liszt also did not like to hear his own Polonaise No. 2 in E Major, as it was overplayed and frequently badly played. Liszt did not charge for lessons. He was troubled when German newspapers published details of pedagogue [[Theodor Kullak]]'s will, revealing that Kullak had generated more than one million marks from teaching. "As an artist, you do not rake in a million marks without performing some sacrifice on the altar of Art," Liszt told his biographer [[Lina Ramann]]. However, [[Carl Czerny]] charged an expensive fee for lessons and even dismissed [[Stephen Heller]] when he was unable to afford to pay for his lessons. Interestingly, Liszt spoke very fondly of his former teacher, to whom he dedicated his [[Transcendental Etudes]]. He wrote the ''Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung'', urging Kullak's sons to create an endowment for needy musicians, as Liszt himself frequently did. In the summer of 1936, Hungarian-French music critic [[Emil Haraszti]] published a two-part essay on Liszt, entitled ''Liszt á Paris'' in the publication ''[[:fr:La Revue musicale|La Revue musicale]]''. In 1937 he published ''Deux Franciscians: Adam et Franz Liszt'' and in December of that year published ''La Probleme Liszt''. The essay, which is a deep exploration of the musicality of Liszt, established Haraszti as one of the foremost Liszt scholars of his generation. ===Royal Academy of Music at Budapest=== [[File:Liszt Academy.jpg|thumb|[[Franz Liszt Academy of Music]] in [[Budapest]]]] [[File:FranzLisztPiano.jpg|thumb|One of Franz Liszt's pianos from his apartment in Budapest.]] Since the early 1860s there were attempts of some of Liszt's Hungarian contemporaries to have him settled with a position in Hungary. In January 1862, in Rome, Liszt received a letter by Baron Gábor Prónay, since 1850 President of a Conservatory in Pest. Baron Prónay offered Liszt the position as President. When in 1867 the Conservatory became "Ungarisches National Konservatorium" ("Hungarian National Conservatory"), Baron Prónay still tried to persuade Liszt to take the leadership. Liszt, however, in letters to Baron Prónay and further ones of his Hungarian contemporaries explained that his career as virtuoso and as conductor had finally ended. If he took a position in Hungary, it would be solely for the purpose of spreading his own compositions, his Oratorios and his symphonic works. Besides, as soon as he left Rome, it was his duty to spend some months of the year in Weimar. The Grand Duc had for several times asked for it. In 1871 the Hungarian Prime Minister [[Gyula Andrássy]] made a new attempt. In a writing of June 4, 1871, to the Hungarian King he demanded an annual rent of 4,000 Gulden and the rank of a "Königlicher Rat" ("Crown Councillor") for Liszt, who in return would permanently settle in Budapest, directing the orchestra of the National Theatre as well as music schools and further musical institutions. With decision of June 13, 1871, the King agreed. By that time there were also plans of the foundation of a Royal Academy for Music at Budapest, of which the Hungarian state should be in charge. The Royal Academy is not to be confused with the National Conservatory which still existed. The National Conservatory, of which the city Budapest was in charge, was until his death in 1875 directed by Baron Prónay. His successor was Count Géza Zichy. The plan of the foundation of the Royal Academy was in 1871 refused by the Hungarian Parliament, but a year later the Parliament agreed. Liszt was ordered to take part in the foundation. In March 1875 he was nominated as President. According to his wishes, the Academy should have been opened not earlier than in late autumn 1876. However, the Academy was officially opened already on November 14, 1875. Since it was Liszt's opinion that his colleagues [[Ferenc Erkel|Franz Erkel]], the director, [[Kornél Ábrányi]] and [[Robert Volkmann]] could quite well do this job without him, he was absent. He arrived on February 15, 1876, in Budapest. On March 2 he started giving lessons, and on March 30 he left. The main purpose of his coming to Budapest had been a charity concert on March 20 in favour of the victims of a flood. In November 1875, 38 students had passed the entrance examinations. 21 of them wanted to study piano playing, the others composition. Details of the entrance examinations are known from an account by Károly Swoboda (Szabados), one of Liszt's first students at the Royal Academy. According to this, candidates for a piano class had to play a single piano piece of their own choice. It could be a sonata movement by Mozart, Clementi or Beethoven. The candidates then had to sight read an easy further piece. Candidates for a composition class had to reproduce and continue a given melody of 4, 5 or 8 bars, after Volkmann had played it for about half a dozen times to them. Besides, they had to put harmonies to a given bass which was written on a table. After Liszt had arrived, he selected 8 students for his class for advanced piano playing. To these came Áladár Juhász as the most outstanding one. As exception, he was to study piano playing only with Liszt. The others were matriculated as students of Erkel, since it was him from whom they would receive their lessons during Liszt's absence. Erkel also gave lessons in specific matters of Hungarian music. Volkmann gave lessons in composition and instrumentation. Ábrányi gave lessons in music aesthetics and harmony theory. Liszt had wished that there should have been a class for sacral music, led by Franz Xaver Witt. He had also wished that Hans von Bülow should take a position as piano professor. However, neither Witt nor Bülow agreed. In spite of the conditions under which Liszt had in June 1871 been appointed as "Königlicher Rat", he neither directed the orchestra of the National Theatre, nor did he permanently settle in Hungary. As usual case, he arrived in mid-winter in Budapest. After one or two concerts of his students by the beginning of spring he left. He never took part in the final examinations, which were in summer of every year. Most of his students were still matriculated as students of either Erkel or later Henrik Gobbi. Some of them joined the lessons which he gave in summer in Weimar. In winter, when he was in Budapest, some students of his Weimar circle joined him there. Judging from the concert programs of Liszt's students at Budapest, the standard resembled that of an advanced masterclass of our days. There was a difference, however, with regard to the repertoire. Most works as played at the concerts were works of composers of the 19th century, and many of the composers are now forgotten. As rare exceptions, occasionally a piece of [[Johann Sebastian Bach|J. S. Bach]] or [[George Frideric Handel|Händel]] was played. [[Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|Mozart]] and [[Joseph Haydn|Haydn]], but also [[Franz Schubert|Schubert]] and [[Carl Maria von Weber|Weber]], were missing. Of [[Ludwig van Beethoven|Beethoven]] only a comparatively small selection of his works was played. In typical cases Liszt himself was merely represented with his transcriptions. The actual abilities Liszt's students at Budapest and the standard of their playing can only be guessed. Liszt's lessons of winter 1877–78 were in letters to Lina Ramann described by Auguste Rennebaum, herself Liszt's student at the Royal Academy. According to this, there had been some great talents in Liszt's class. However, the abilities of the majority had been very poor. August Stradal, who visited Budapest in 1885 and 1886, took the same point of view. In contrast to this, Deszö Legány claimed, much in Stradal's book was nonsense, taken from Stradal's own fantasy. Legány's own reliability, however, is not beyond doubt since many of his attempts of whitewashing Liszt and—even more—the Hungarian contemporaries are too obvious. Margit Prahács shared and supported Stradal's view. Her quotations from the contemporary Hungarian press show that much of Stradal's critique had been true. Concerning Liszt's relation with his Hungarian contemporaries at the end of his life, for example, in spring 1886 the journal ''Zenelap'' wrote: :"It is solely in Budapest, where musicians are wandering on such high clouds that they hardly take notice when Liszt is among them." In 1873, at the occasion of Liszt's 50th anniversary as performing artist, the city Budapest had installed a "Franz Liszt Stiftung" ("Franz Liszt Foundation"). The foundation was destined to provide stipends of 200 Gulden for three students of the Academy who had shown excellent abilities and especially had achieved progress with regard to Hungarian music. Every year it was Liszt alone who could decide which one of the students should receive the money. He gave the total sum of 600 Gulden either to a single student or to a group of three or more of them, not asking whether they were actually matriculated at the Academy. It was also Liszt's habit to declare all students who took part in his lessons as his private students. As consequence, nearly none of them paid any charge at the Academy. Since the Academy needed the money, there was a ministerial order of February 13, 1884, according to which all those who took part in Liszt's lessons had to pay an annual charge of 30 Gulden. However, Liszt did not respect this, and in the end the Minister resigned. In fact, the Academy was still the winner, since Liszt gave much money from his taking part in charity concerts. The lessons in specific matters of Hungarian music turned out as problematic enterprise, since there were different opinions, exactly what Hungarian music actually was. In 1881 a new edition of Liszt's book about the Romanis and their music in Hungary appeared. According to this, Hungarian music was identical with the music as played by the Hungarian Romanis. Liszt had also claimed, Semitic people, among them the Romanis, had no genuine creativity. For this reason, according to Liszt's book, they only adopted melodies from the country where they lived. After the book had appeared, Liszt was in Budapest accused for a presumed spreading of anti-Semitic ideas. In the following year no students at all wanted to be matriculated for lessons in Hungarian music. According to the issue of July 1, 1886, of the journal ''Zenelap'', this subject at the Hungarian Academy had already a long time ago been dropped. In 1886 there was still no class for sacral music, but there were classes for solo and chorus singing, piano, violin, cello, organ and composition. The number of students had grown to 91 and the number of professors to 14. Since the winter of 1879–80, the Academy had its own building. On the first floor there was an apartment where since the winter of 1880–81 Liszt lived during his stays in Budapest. His last stay was from January 30 to March 12, 1886. After Liszt's death Janós Végh, since 1881 vice-president, became president. No earlier than 40 years later the Academy was renamed to "Franz Liszt Akademie". Until then, due to world war I, Liszt's Europe and also his Hungary had died. Mainly, the only connection between Franz Liszt and the "Franz Liszt Akademie" was the name. ===Liszt School of Music Weimar=== On June 24, 1872, the composer and conductor [[:de:Carl Müllerhartung|Karl Müller-Hartung]] founded an "Orchesterschule" ("Orchestra School") at Weimar. Although Liszt and Müller-Hartung were on friendly terms, Liszt took no active part in that foundation. The "Orchesterschule" later developed to a conservatory which still exists and is now called "[[Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt", Weimar]]". ==See also== {{Wikipedia-Books|Franz Liszt}} [[:Category:Compositions by Franz Liszt|Compositions by Franz Liszt]] * [[War of the Romantics]] * [[Cross motif]] ==External links== {{Commons category}} {{Wikiquote}} {{Wikisource1911Enc|Liszt, Franz}} * [http://www.load.cd/sheetmusic/294_franz_liszt/ Printable scores by Franz Liszt] * [http://www.zeno.org//Musik/M/Ramann,+Lina/Franz+Liszt Lina Ramann's classical Liszt biography] (in German) at [http://www.Zeno.org Zeno.org] * [http://home.earthlink.net/~marnest/discliszt.html The Students of Liszt on Record and Reproducing Piano Roll] by Mark Arnest * [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVni1vngD-c Franz Liszt], written and directed by James a. Fitzpatrick; fictional 11-minute 1925 film short about Franz Liszt; Liszt's music performed by [[Nathaniel Shilkret]]'s Orchestra. * [http://klassik.s-fahl.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=10&Itemid=62&lang=en Complete recordings of Studies, Années de Pelerinage, Valses oubliées on klassik-resampled] {{Franz Liszt}} {{Romanticism}} {{Persondata |NAME= Liszt, Franz |ALTERNATIVE NAMES= |SHORT DESCRIPTION= Composer, conductor, [[pedagogue]], pianist |DATE OF BIRTH= October 22, 1811 |PLACE OF BIRTH= [[Raiding (Austria)|Doborján]]/[[Burgenland]], [[Kingdom of Hungary]] |DATE OF DEATH= July 31, 1886 |PLACE OF DEATH=Bayreuth, Germany }} {{DEFAULTSORT:Liszt, Franz}}