Franz Liszt, Volume 1: The Virtuoso Years: 1811-1847 by Alan Walker PDF

By Alan Walker

Franz Liszt--child prodigy, virtuoso pianist, co-founder with Chopin and Schumann of the Romantic circulation in music--has been the topic of actually enormous quantities of biographies, however it is simply within the previous few a long time that the significance of Liszt the composer, in place of Liszt the Romantic hero, has been famous. This new point of view has created the necessity for a clean, full-scale process, biographical and important, to the evaluate of the fellow and his music.

For greater than ten years Alan Walker, a number one authority on nineteenth-century song and the writer of significant stories of Chopin and Schumann, has traveled all through Europe researching unpublished fabric in museums and personal collections, within the parish registries of tiny villages in Austria and Hungary, and in significant documents in Weimar and Budapest, looking for new info and corroborating or correcting the previous. He has left almost no resource unexamined--from the masses of latest biographies (many of them extra fiction than truth) to the rankings of memoirs, reminisces, and diaries of his scholars and disciples (the record of his scholars from his Weimar masterclasses reads like a Burke's Peerage of pianists). Dr. Walker's efforts have culminated in a research that would stand as definitive for years yet to come. A feat of impeccable scholarship, it additionally screens a powerful and compelling narrative impulse and a profound figuring out of the advanced guy Liszt was.

during this, the 1st of 3 volumes, Dr. Walker examines in larger element than has ever sooner than been accrued Liszt's relatives history and his early years. We see "Franzi," a deeply non secular and mystical baby, whose striking musical presents bring about reviews with the nice Carl Czerny in Vienna and propel him into in a single day status in Paris--his younger opera,Don Sanche, played while he's fourteen--and in a disorderly and impulsive lifestyle by the point he's 16 . . . We see Liszt drifting into obscurity after a fearful breakdown on the age of seventeen, then listening to Paganini for the 1st time and being so fired by means of the violinist's impressive procedure that he units for himself a enormous software of labor, his objective not less than to create a completely new repertoire for the piano....We see him, after years if profitable traveling, returning triumphantly to Hungary, his fatherland, and publishing within the related yr his "Transcendental" and "Paganini" stories. the signposts of his remarkable technical breakthrough....Finally, we see Liszt on the peak of his creative powers, giving good over one thousand live shows throughout Europe and Russia throughout the years 1839-47: "inventing" the trendy piano recital, enjoying complete courses from reminiscence, appearing the entire modern piano repertoire, breaking down the obstacles that had characteristically separated appearing artists from their "social superiors," fostering the Romantic view of the artist as improved carry, simply because divinely proficient . . . until--his great profession almost very unlikely to sustain--he provides his final paid functionality on the age of thirty-five . . .

exceptional in its completeness, its soundness of documentation, and within the caliber of its writing, The Virtuoso Years is the 1st quantity of what is going to surely be crucial biography of Franz Liszt in English or the other language.

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