"Without any assistance whatever, I founded a school in Weimar in 10 years. Only I could perform certain works with the scanty means that I dared not ask anyone else to work with."
Franz Liszt invented the concept of the piano recital. Before him, nobody dared to have just a single pianist for an entire concert! But Liszt’s powerful and astounding playing were enough to fill concert halls all over Europe.
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2. The typical Liszt piece, this one has languid gypsy melodies, and an exciting fast section. Did I mention the melody in the fast section is world famous, and has been in hundreds of adverts and cartoons?
The museum is located in the Old Academy of Music, founded by Liszt, where the great composer had a 1st-floor apartment. Liszt spent a significant part of the last five years (from 1881 to 1886) of his life here and his furniture, portraits, books, pianos along with other personal belongings are on display.
Liszt transformed how the piano was seen by audiences.
It went from an instrument which was not really regarded as that important, to a powerful and complex orchestral machine, capable of painting thousands of emotions.
During the later part of his life Franz Liszt lived in Rome and received orders from the Catholic Church.
He regularly traveled between Rome, Weimar, and Budapest, giving piano masterclasses and free lessons.
His expressive and frequently chromatic works include piano music Transcendental Studies), masses and oratorios, an opera, a symphony, piano concertos and pieces, organ music and songs. Much of his music was programmatic having originated the symphonic poem.
His skill and fame peaked in the 1840s, when he toured all over Europe. From Russia to Portugal, he performed for kings, emperors, and everyone underneath.
He was showered with gifts and adoration. Hungary gave him a jewel-encrusted Sword of Honor in a magnificent ceremony
He fraternized with such noted composers of his time as Frédéric Chopin, Hector Berlioz, Robert Schumann, and Richard Wagner, the last of whom his daughter later married.
Franz Liszt - Hungarian composer, conductor, concert pianist, teacher and writer. He is considered the greatest virtuoso pianist ever and had a huge influence on composers and pianists ever since.