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Franz Liszt:
About Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt was a pianist, composer, conductor and teacher who came up with musical innovations in all those fields. He was the first of the virtuoso performers and invented the solo recital. As one of the greatest pianists the world has ever known, Liszt was a 19th century superstar.

Music heard in this episode:
Liszt: Grand Galop Chromatique
Liszt: Liebestraum #3
Liszt: Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli
Liszt: Christus: Resurrexit
Liszt: Paganini Etude #3 "La campanella"
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz #1
Liszt: Les Préludes
Liszt: Paraphrase: Entry of the Guests from Tannhäuser
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody #2

Other shows about Franz Liszt:
Classial Music Superstars
Romani, or Gypsy Music
Famous Pianist - Composers

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About Franz Liszt
10/22/1811 - 7/31/1886
Born in Hungary

While Franz Liszt was a composer, conductor, critic and teacher, he was best known as a pianist. He was the first of the virtuoso performers. When Liszt walked onto the stage, he took over the hall, amazing the audience with his incredible technique and his awesome presence. He was a true showman and the man who invented the solo recital. Although some were annoyed by his personality, Liszt was one of the greatest pianists the world has ever known.

As a composer, Liszt, of course, wrote music primarily for the piano. He also transcribed popular orchestral works for this instrument. Many of his pieces are tremendously difficult and few pianists can perform them properly. Later in his life, he started writing music for the orchestra and composed wonderful melodies.

Liszt also wrote music criticism and was known as a conductor and teacher. He trained many of the performers of his time in his tradition.

Because of his ego and attitude, Liszt was always a controversial figure. However, he is recognized as one of the dominant personalities of 19th century Romantic music.

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This Week's Quiz:

1. At what age did Franz Liszt perform in his first public concert?





2.Which musician was the first classical music superstar?

Yo-Yo Ma

Frederic Chopin

Niccolò Paganini

Ludwig van Beethoven

3. Franz Liszt invented

New ways of conducting

The master class

The symphonic poem

All of the above


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