Franz Liszt: The virtuoso years, 1811-1847

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Cornell University Press, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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The first 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  - Arianna - Goodreads

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

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

User Review  - Kathryn - Goodreads

EXCELLENT. One of the most interesting biographies I've read. Can't wait to get my hands on Volume II The Weimar Years. Have had III for half a year, and it's sitting there torturing me because I can't read it yet. Read full review

Contents

Obscurity in Paris
129
THE GROWING VIRTUOSO 18301834
141
A Riot of Pianists
161
Paganini
168
Berlioz and Chopin
178
Liszt and Berlioz Paganinis gift of 20000 francs Liszt makes a piano arrangement of
188
Liszt is introduced to Countess Marie dAgoult an account of their first meeting her child
203
Elopement to Geneva
209
A visit to Nohant commences his Schubert song transcriptions Liszt plays for the weavers
261
Liszt and the Keyboard
285
The modem piano recital is created Liszts feats of memory some bad pianos Liszts
317
his speech of acceptance the ceremony is misunderstood beyond Hungarys borders Liszt
338
Berlin and St Petersburg 18411842
365
Nelida versus Guermann
382
The Beethoven Monument Unveiled in Bonn 1845
419
Transylvania Russia and Turkey 18461847
427

A tryst in Basel June 1835 arrival in Jcncvaat the rue Tabazan the first Letters of
227
Liszts Duel with Thalberg
233
Switzerland and Italy
244
Catalogue of works which Liszt played in public
445
Index
463
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About the author (1987)

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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