Romantic Classical Music of Franz Liszt
Dive into the world of Franz Liszt — a magnificent composer of the Romantic era, with Calm Radio’s classical music channel.
Franz Liszt (October 22, 1811 - July 31, 1886) is widely considered to be one of the greatest pianists of all time. He led an eventful life and composed many beautiful pieces.
Here are some fascinating facts about Liszt.
Liszt was known to give away many of his concert earnings to humanitarian causes. After the Great Fire of Hamburg in 1842, which had left many people homeless, Franz Liszt gave concerts to generate donations for those affected.
Young Liszt’s musical talent was noticed early by his father Adam, who taught him to play piano. By age 6, he was recognized as a child prodigy, by age 8 he began composing, and by 9 he was playing in public concerts.
Liszt studied music in Vienna and Paris, where he made many famous friends, including Frédéric Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn, Victor Hugo, Heinrich Heine, and Richard Wagner.
Liszt is considered to be one of the greatest pianists of all time. Although he died just before sound recording became available, his style has been described as having strong emotion, precision and liberal improvisation. His facial expressions and gestures reflected his enthusiasm and complete absorption into his art.
War of the Romantics
In the 1860s, tension grew between conservative composers, headed by Brahms, and younger progressive composers, embodied by Liszt and Wagner. The conservatives wanted to preserve the musical forms set by Beethoven, while the progressives wanted to build on them and develop them even further. This led to a published manifesto by Brahms against the modern composers, that became known as the War of the Romantics.
Most of what is known about Liszt was written by others. Once, when asked why he himself hadn’t written about his life, Liszt replied, “because I was too busy living it”. Liszt died in 1886 at the age of 75 and his last words were, “Please continue sleeping”.
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