Franz Liszt: Musician, Celebrity, Superstar

Franz Liszt Musician Celebrity Superstar Hungarian composer Franz Liszt was an anomaly A virtuoso pianist and electrifying showman he toured extensively throughout the European continent bringing sold out audiences to states of e

  • Title: Franz Liszt: Musician, Celebrity, Superstar
  • Author: Oliver Hilmes Stewart Spencer
  • ISBN: 9780300182934
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hungarian composer Franz Liszt 1811 1886 was an anomaly A virtuoso pianist and electrifying showman, he toured extensively throughout the European continent, bringing sold out audiences to states of ecstasy while courting scandal with his frequent womanizing Drawing on new, highly revealing documentary sources, including a veritable treasure trove of previously unexamiHungarian composer Franz Liszt 1811 1886 was an anomaly A virtuoso pianist and electrifying showman, he toured extensively throughout the European continent, bringing sold out audiences to states of ecstasy while courting scandal with his frequent womanizing Drawing on new, highly revealing documentary sources, including a veritable treasure trove of previously unexamined material on Liszt s Weimar years, best selling author Oliver Hilmes shines a spotlight on the extraordinary life and career of this singularly dazzling musical phenomenon Whereas previous biographies have focused primarily on the composer s musical contributions, Hilmes showcases Liszt the man in all his many shades and personal reinventions child prodigy, Romantic eccentric, fervent Catholic, actor, lothario, celebrity, businessman, genius, and extravagant show off The author immerses the reader in the intrigues of the nineteenth century European glitterati including Liszt s powerful patrons, the monstrous Wagner clan while exploring the true, complex face of the artist and the soul of his music No other Liszt biography in English is as colorful, witty, and compulsively readable, or reveals as much about the true nature of this extraordinary, outrageous talent.

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    1. I picked this from the library shelf for its subtitle. Biography is my genre, and I wondered what a 19th century superstar could be. I knew nothing about Liszt and went to You Tube to hear some of his music which I’m listening to as I write this and hear familiar refrains. Oliver Hilmes does not give the reader a musical biography; it is the story of how Liszt lived his life. Like Mozart he had a stage father, who, pushed and profited from him. Fortunately for Liszt, his father died (Liszt age [...]

    2. This is a superb biography of one of the greatest superstars in music history. Originally published in 2011 by the German historian Oliver Hilmes, this excellent English translation by Stewart Spencer appeared in 2016. Many biographies and monographs have been published about Franz Liszt. He was a larger-than-life figure who transformed piano playing in the 19th century and also made enormous efforts to teach the art of piano playing to many of the most talented pianists of that century. His pup [...]

    3. This translated book (from the German) is not a tome for musicians interested in the extraordinary artistic creations of the composer. If you wish to be a fly on the wall of the nearly day to day personal shenanigans of a revered skirt chaser who traveled Europe with his piano in tow in the mid and late 19th century, have at it. So why 2 stars and a half hearted recommendation? If you are a new to the concert hall or wish to impress the cocktail crowd at your next neighborhood soiree, then this [...]

    4. Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886) war ein "Tausendsassa", der sich in immer neuen Rollen wiederfand bzw. diese gestaltete. Seine musikalische Genialität war unbeschreiblich. Aber seine Verkleidung als katholischer Abbé, der zeitweise im Vatikan wohnte, blieb für alle Zeiten in Erinnerung. Seine Tochter Cosima heiratete Richard Wagner. Oliver Hilmes gelang eine ausgezeichnete Biographie, die spannend zu lesen ist

    5.  It's an unusual experience going through the story of someone's life in a couple of days. The ending is no mystery in a biography. The author and translator of this biography of Liszt did an excellent job of portraying Liszt's character, his strengths and foibles. Liszt seemed to have a tendency to fall for eccentric women. It appears to me that both Marie d'Agoult and Carolyne von Sayn-Wittgenstein had their share of mental health concerns. Marie d'Agoult's jealousy and vindictiveness made h [...]

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