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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.

Quotes about LisztEdit

  • Liszt has never needed revival; his music has always been an important part of the concert repertoire. Nevertheless, he has appeared to need rehabilitation.
    • Charles Rosen, The Romantic Generation (1995), Ch. 8 : Liszt: On Creation as Performance
  • It was this indifference to the quality of his material that earned Liszt the contempt of his most distinguished contemporaries and of many of the most respectable critics and historians of posterity. It was, nevertheless, his greatest strength. It made it possible for him to manipulate the material ruthlessly, to concentrate on effects of realization with unprecedented intensity, and to integrate styles and techniques of performance into composition in a new way. His invention of novel keyboard effects and his mastery of musical gesture have always been undervalued, especially by pianists of the German school who prefer the kind of music that can be executed while soulfully regarding the ceiling. On the whole, the most genuine understanding of his music has been displayed by musicians of eastern Europe, and he may almost be considered as the founder of Russian pianism.
    • Charles Rosen, The Romantic Generation (1995), Ch. 8 : Liszt: On Creation as Performance

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