Franz Liszt

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Franz Liszt (Hungarian: Liszt Ferenc) (October 22, 1811July 31, 1886) was a Hungarian virtuoso pianist, organist and composer.


  • Brahms' Variations are better than mine, but mine were written before his.
    • As quoted in Arthur Friedheim and Alexander Siloti, Remembering Franz Liszt (1961) p.138
  • Sorrowful and great is the artist's destiny.
    • As quoted in Joseph Machlis, The Enjoyment of Music: An Introduction to Perceptive Listening (1963) Page 107


  • Any chord can follow any chord.
  • Génie oblige! (Genius obliges!)
    • one of Liszt's life-mottos
  • When the Tsar speaks everyone should remain silent.
    • When asked by 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..."

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