Monday, October 24, 2011

Franz Liszt - How Could I Have Forgotten?

It's obvious that, from time to time, my head is not connected to my neck; for example, to have forgotten until now, the 10th month of the year, that 2011 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of the 19th century's legends, Franz Liszt.
It's not really necessary to re-dig the information germane to this overpowering musician, as I have written so often in my blogs about him.
Perhaps, all that is needed at this time is to indeed be reminded of the existence of and great influence by Liszt. To develop a pyro-technique at the age of twelve, so that by his early teens, he could play the piano essentially as well as anyone alive; to write such overpowering masterpieces as his mammoth piano sonata, with its transcending investigation into Theme Transformation; to become one of the most revered and iconic teaching entities of his century, with future piano legends having studied with him. Many consider Liszt to be as powerful a messenger of the Romantic period as there was; all this and more, coupled with the reality of a mere handful of months between 1809 and 1811, producing not only Liszt, but Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann...
How would you have liked to be a "fly - on - the - wall" during that time?
Hats off to Franz Liszt, for all that he has given us!

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