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A Hungarian composer, conductor, and pianist, Franz Liszt was a child prodigy who began studying piano with his father at the age of 6. At the age of 9, he gave his first public performance and a year later went to Vienna, where he studied with Karl Czerny and Antonio Salieri. By the end of Liszt's life, he was acknowledged as the greatest pianist of his time. One of the foremost musicians of the romantic period, Liszt enthralled audiences with his expressive interpretations and dramatic gestures in a style of playing that greatly influenced the advancement of pianistic techniques. From about 1822 to 1848, Liszt lived in Paris, where he came under the influence of Niccolo Paganini. Paganini's virtuosity inspired him to accomplish unheard of feats in piano technique and expression. Between 1848 and 1861, Liszt was musical director for the court at Weimar in Germany, where he conducted performances of many important works, including those of Richard Wagner. After 1861, Liszt spent much time in Rome, where he became a friend of the Pope and took minor orders in the Catholic church. The rest of Liszt's life was divided among Rome, Weimar, and Budapest. Liszt's compositions had an important impact on musical history. Avoiding traditional musical forms, he concentrated on program music. In this vein, "Liebestraume" (c.1850), is perhaps one of his most popular works. Also important are his 19 published "Hungarian Rhapsodies" and the "Sonata in B Minor" (1853). Not to be overlooked in historical importance are Liszt's transcriptions of other composers' works. These transcriptions familiarized a wide audience with major musical works and also demonstrated the piano's potential for interpreting orchestral music. Liszt also wrote books and essays on music, in many ways anticipating the music of the twentieth century. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Life of Chopin 76 copies, 5 reviews
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies 22 copies, 1 review
Christus 8 copies, 3 reviews
Franz Liszt 7 copies
Liszt: Orchestral Works 6 copies, 1 review
Mayerling [1978 film] (Composer) 6 copies
Les Preludes 6 copies
Vals Mephisto 5 copies
Organ works 5 copies
Selected letters 4 copies, 1 review
Piano works (Bolet) 3 copies, 1 review
Tasso 2 copies, 1 review
Mazeppa 2 copies
Liszt Songs 2 copies
Orpheus 2 copies, 1 review
Volodos Plays Liszt 2 copies, 1 review
Les Preludes 2 copies
Complete Symphonic Poems (composer) 2 copies, 1 review
Liszt Portrait 2 copies, 1 review
Piano Works 2 copies
Preludes 2 copies
Les Prludes 2 copies, 2 reviews
La Campanella 2 copies
Liszt lieder 2 copies
Ave Verum 2 copies
Kempff Plays Liszt 1 copy, 1 review
Etüden 1 copy
Hamlet 1 copy
Die Ideale 1 copy
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 1 copy, 1 review
Consolation No. 3 1 copy, 1 review
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10 1 copy, 1 review
Liebestraum No. 3 1 copy, 1 review
Nuages gris 1 copy, 1 review
Funerailles 1 copy, 1 review
Mephisto Waltz No. 1 1 copy, 1 review
Valse oubliee No. 1 1 copy, 1 review
Valse impromptu 1 copy, 1 review
Mphisto-Valse 1 copy, 1 review
Funrailles 1 copy, 1 review
Sonata in B flat minor 1 copy, 1 review
Chopín 1 copy
Sonates 1 copy
Horowitz in Moscow [sound recording] (composer) 33 copies, 1 review
Liszt: Piano Recital (Composer) 2 copies
Faust (Composer) 1 copy
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