Reflections on Liszt

Reflections on Liszt

by Alan Walker


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In a series of lively essays that tell us much not only about the phenomenon that was Franz Liszt but also about the musical and cultural life of nineteenth-century Europe, Alan Walker muses on aspects of Liszt's life and work that he was unable to explore in his acclaimed three-volume biography of the great composer and pianist. Topics include Liszt's contributions to the Lied, the lifelong impact of his encounter with Beethoven, his influence on students who became famous in their own right, his accomplishments in transcribing and editing the works of other composers, and his innovative piano technique. One chapter is devoted to the Sonata in B Minor, perhaps Liszt's single most celebrated composition.

Walker draws heavily on Liszt's astonishingly large personal correspondence with other composers, critics, pianists, and prominent public figures. All the essays reveal Walker's broad and deep knowledge of Liszt and Romantic music generally and, in some cases, his impatience with contemporary performance practice.

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ISBN-13: 9780801443633
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 06/02/2005
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alan Walker is Professor Emeritus of Music at McMaster University, Canada, and author of numerous books, including The Death of Franz Liszt Based on the Unpublished Diary of His Pupil Lina Schmalhausen; Franz Liszt: The Virtuoso Years, 1811–1847 (volume 1); The Weimar Years, 1848–1861 (volume 2); and The Final Years, 1861–1886 (volume 3), all from Cornell, and Hans Von Bülow: A Life and Times. He has been awarded the Music Teachers National Association 2010 Achievement Award, the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize, and the medal Pro Cultura Hungarica, presented by the President of Hungary.

Table of Contents


1. Beethoven's Weihekuss Revisited
2. Liszt and the Beethoven Symphonies
3. Liszt and the Schubert Song Transcriptions
4. Schumann, Liszt, and the C Major Fantasie, op. 17: A Study in Declining Relationships
5. Liszt and His Pupils: Three Character Sketches
Carl Tausig: A Polish Wunderkind — Hans von Bülow: Heir and Successor — Walter Bache: An English Disciple of Liszt
6. Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor
7. Liszt and the Lied
8. Liszt as Editor
9. Liszt’s Technical Studies: Some Thoughts and Afterthoughts
10. Liszt the Writer: On Music and Musicians

Epilogue: An Open Letter to Franz Liszt

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