Franz Liszt: The final years, 1861-1886

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Cornell University Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 624 pages
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The third volume in Alan Walker's magisterial biography of Franz Liszt.

"You can't help but keep turning the pages, wondering how it will all turn out: and Walker's accumulated readings of Liszt's music have to be taken seriously indeed."—D. Kern Holoman, New York Review of Books

"A conscientious scholar passionate about his subject. Mr. Walker makes the man and his age come to life. These three volumes will be the definitive work to which all subsequent Liszt biographies will aspire."—Harold C. Schonberg, Wall Street Journal

"What distinguishes Walker from Liszt's dozens of earlier biographers is that he is equally strong on the music and the life. A formidable musicologist with a lively polemical style, he discusses the composer's works with greater understanding and clarity than any previous biographer. And whereas many have recycled the same erroneous, often damaging information, Walker has relied on his own prodigious, globe-trotting research, a project spanning twenty-five years. The result is a textured portrait of Liszt and his times without rival."—Elliot Ravetz, Time

"The prose is so lively that the reader is often swept along by the narrative. . . . This three-part work . . . is now the definitive work on Liszt in English and belongs in all music collections."—Library Journal

  

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Review: Franz Liszt: The Virtuoso Years, 1811-1847 (Franz Liszt #1)

User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

Well written and researched biography. Liszt is just about the opposite of what I had gathered from years of reading about music. Read full review

Review: Franz Liszt: The Virtuoso Years, 1811-1847 (Franz Liszt #1)

User Review  - Arianna - Goodreads

Very thorough.. 2 more volumes to go. Read full review

Contents

King Lear of Music
3
A Thwarted Marriage 1861
21
The Eternal City
35
The Death of Blandine 1862
47
The Madonna del Rosario 18631865
54
List Enters the Lower Orders 1865
85
Paris and the Gran Mass 1866
95
The Triangle Forms 18631867
106
Liszt and Bayreuth
341
Wanderer Eternal 18761881
357
Unstern
403
Nuages gris
416
The Music of Liszts Old Age
437
Harmonies du soir 18811885
457
Liszts Last Visit to England April 1886
477
Approaching the End
498

The Triangle Breaks 18681870
130
Of Kings and Castles 1867
147
Of Cossacks and Countesses
171
The Return of a Legend
193
The FrancoPrussian War of 1870
212
List and His Pupils
228
Excelsior 18731875
255
The Royal Academy of Music 1875
288
The Last Years of Marie dAgoult
301
External Weaknesses Interior Causes
319
The Death of Liszt
508
Aftermath
523
Princess Carolynes Death Notice from the Register of Santa Maria del Popolo Rome
541
Liszt Enters the Minor Orders of the Priesthood Entries from the Liber Ordinationum for 18631872 Vicariato di Roma
545
Liszts Titles and Honours
549
Catalogue of Princess Carolynes Writings
553
Sources Consulted in the Preparation of Volume III
555
Index
565
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About the author (1997)

Alan Walker is Professor of Music at McMaster University. He was awarded the Commemorative Plaque of the Budapest Liszt Society for his contributions to Liszt scholarship.

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