Franz Liszt Alan Walker

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Franz Liszt  by  Alan Walker

Franz Liszt by Alan Walker
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The last quarter-century of Liszts life was filled with dramatic turns, contrasts and emotional storms, like the Hungarian composers romantic music. The buoyant man of the world retreated into a monastery near Rome (1863-1865), emerging as a RomanMoreThe last quarter-century of Liszts life was filled with dramatic turns, contrasts and emotional storms, like the Hungarian composers romantic music. The buoyant man of the world retreated into a monastery near Rome (1863-1865), emerging as a Roman Catholic cleric. His elder daughter, Blandine, died from a breast operation, and Liszt tried his best to break up the adulterous relationship of his younger daughter, Cosima, with composer Richard Wagner, whom she married after concealing the out-of-wedlock births of three children by Wagner from her first husband, pianist and Wagner-worshiper Hans von Bulow.

Shuttling endlessly between Rome, Weimar, Budapest, Paris, Vienna, overworked, overdrinking Liszt suffered a nervous breakdown in 1877 and struggled with suicidal impulses. Polish princess Carolyne von Sayn-Wittgenstein, whose wedding to Liszt was canceled at the last minute in 1861 because of her familys meddling, betrayed him in 1881 by inserting an anti-Semitic chapter into Liszts revised book on Bohemian music. In this final volume of an extraordinary biography, Walker, a professor of music in Ontario, shows how Liszts universal despair gave rise to the pathbreaking, proto-modernist music of his later years.

A rarity among composers biographies, this full-bodied portrait combines lively writing and impeccable scholarship.



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