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Franz Liszt:
Famous Pianist - Composers

In his day Franz Liszt was most famous as a pianist. So, were Mozart, Beethoven and a lot of other composers.

Music heard in this episode:
Scarlatti: Sonata in D, K.29
Clementi: Sonatina in C, Op.36 #1, 1st mvt
Czerny: The Art of Finger Dexterity, Op.740: “Delicate Skips and Detached Notes
Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto: 3rd mvt
Beach: Fire-flies
Granados: Spanish Dance #5 (Andaluza)
Satie: Gymnopédie #1
Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
Grieg: Piano Concerto: 3rd mvt
Hamelin: Toccata Grotesca
Montero: Solatino: A la Argentina

Other shows about Franz Liszt:
About Franz Liszt
Classial Music Superstars
Romani, or Gypsy Music

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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.

See other composers born in Hungary


This Week's Quiz:

1. Who was called the Father of the Piano?

Domenico Scarlatti

Muzio Clementi

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sergei Rachmaninoff

2.Who was known as the Queen of the Piano?

Amy Beach

Fanny Mendelssohn

Clara Schumann

Gabriela Montero

3. Who spent his spring and summers composing and fall and winter on tour as a pianist?

Edvard Grieg

Eric Satie

Scott Joplin

Carl Czerny


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