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Franz Liszt

Interest In Music

Liszt's passion in music was sparked by his father, a pianist who knew Classical giants like as Haydn and Beethoven intimately. His father, Adam Liszt, worked in Esterhazy, the same estate where Haydn spent most of his life.1)


Liszt's father insisted on his practice with a metronome, which may explain why he was famed for his ability to keep perfect time.2)

Carl Czerny

Apart from his father's knowledge of the Classical greats, Liszt studied with Carl Czerny as a child. Carl Czerny was a renowned piano instructor and one of Beethoven's top students.3)

Piano Teacher

Many years of Liszt's life were devoted teaching piano, which he typically did in a group setting. He used to tutor pupils from all over Paris from early to night when he was younger. He would drive considerable miles to go to their homes, and as a result, he would work quite late.4)


Liszt spent over a decade of his life travelling Europe and playing 3-4 times a week, on average. That implies he has given over 1,000 concerts in the last ten years.5)


Before Elvis became Elvis, Liszt was Elvis. It was dubbed “Lisztomania” because ladies would faint and go insane when he performed, to the point where local physicians mistook it for a mental disorder epidemic.6)

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Anderson had this to say about Liszt: “There was as if an electric charge shot through the saloon when Liszt entered it,” he wrote in his diary after seeing Liszt for the first time. “Every face seemed to be illuminated by a ray of sunlight”.7)

Solo Concerts

Because of his fame, Liszt was able to fill concert halls with solo performances, and he elevated the piano as a solo instrument in the concert hall. He also shifted the piano's location on stage so that the audience could see his hands and hear the music more clearly.8)

Inspiration via Paganini

However, Liszt was not instantly well-known. His early attempts in composition were panned. In 1832, Liszt was enthralled by the violin virtuoso Paganini's performance. Liszt was resolved to be to the piano what Paganini was to the violin right then and there (and he succeeded).9)

Hard Work

Liszt's virtuosity didn't come naturally to him; he worked hard for it. He wrote to a friend after being inspired by Paganini.“My mind and fingers are working like the damned Homer, the Bible, Plato, Locke, Byron, Hugo….., Beethoven, Bach, Hummel, Mozart, Weber, are all around me. I study them, meditate on them, devour them furiously. Furthermore, I practice for four or five hours a day….If only I don’t go mad, you will find in me an artist”.10)


Liszt developed an unrivaled technical skill at the piano as a result of his desire, dedication, and hard work. His Transcendental Etudes are exceptionally difficult, according to Robert Schumann, who believed that only a few pianists in the world could perform them.11)

Breaking Piano Strings

Liszt was such a passionate pianist, capable of filling a performance hall on his own, that he would break piano strings while performing.12)

Symphonic Poem

The symphonic poem is a type of music invented by Liszt. A symphonic poem is orchestral music (without vocals) that tells a tale via music and is inspired by art or literature.13)

Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein

Princess Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein was Liszt's longest-running romance. They never married, despite their desire, since her ex-husband refused to let it. He stole her estate as well, leaving her with very little.14)


Liszt was well-known for his generosity towards his friends and family. He frequently invited guests to stay at his home, including the Princess.15)

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