Some of the pieces are related to non-musical works of art like painting, sculpture, poetry. During the period of Romanticism very often different fields of art interwove like in the case of Liszt. First of all we can hear sounds imitating church bells and this motif reoccurs later in the piece in various forms. It is followed by a soft, lyrical melody which evokes the intimate atmosphere of the engagement or wedding ceremony. All of them are centrally composed paintings, the main figures are located in the foreground next to each other, a church can be seen in the background right in the middle, marble floors constructed in perspective.
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Among his many notable compositions are his 12 symphonic poems, two completed piano concerti, several sacred choral works, and a great variety of solo piano pieces.
Top Questions How did Franz Liszt begin his career in music? Franz Liszt received piano lessons from his father at an early age. Showing interest in church and folk music, Liszt began to compose at age eight, giving his first public concert at age nine.
Impressed by his playing, Hungarian magnates funded his musical education in Vienna for the next six years. What did Franz Liszt do while in Weimar, Germany? Having performed all over Europe, Franz Liszt decided to settle in Weimar , Germany, in and focus on composition, with encouragement from the princess Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein. This was the period of his greatest production. He composed the first 12 symphonic poems as well as piano concertos and choral music.
Liszt taught many pupils at Weimar. As a teenager, Franz Liszt expressed a desire to become a priest, but this never happened. He wanted to create a new kind of religious music that would be direct and moving rather than sentimental. How did Franz Liszt popularize the music of other composers? Franz Liszt encouraged the performance of the music of Johannes Sebastian Bach , Ludwig van Beethoven , Hector Berlioz , and others by transcribing their works for piano and playing them at a time when their music was underappreciated.
Franz Liszt was the greatest piano virtuoso of his time. He was the first to give complete solo recitals as a pianist. He was a composer of enormous originality, extending harmonic language and anticipating the atonal music of the 20th century.
He invented the symphonic poem for orchestra. By the time Franz was five years old, he was already attracted to the piano and was soon given lessons by his father. He began to show interest in both church and gypsy music. He developed into a religious child, also because of the influence of his father, who during his youth had spent two years in the Franciscan order. Franz began to compose at the age of eight. When only nine he made his first public appearance as a concert pianist at Sopron and Pozsony now Bratislava, Slovakia.
His playing so impressed the local Hungarian magnates that they put up the money to pay for his musical education for the next six years. He gave several concerts in Vienna, with great success. Liszt moved with his family to Paris in , giving concerts in Germany on the way. Other concerts quickly followed, as well as a visit to London in June. In he toured France and Switzerland, returning to England again in the following year. Suffering from nervous exhaustion, Liszt expressed a desire to become a priest.
Liszt returned to Paris and sent for his mother to join him; she had gone back to the Austrian province of Styria during his tours. Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. Subscribe today Liszt now earned his living mainly as a piano teacher, and in he fell in love with one of his pupils.
When her father insisted that the attachment be broken off, Liszt again became extremely ill; he was considered so close to death that his obituary appeared in a Paris newspaper. After his illness he underwent a long period of depression and doubt about his career. For more than a year he did not touch the piano and was dissuaded from joining the priesthood only through the efforts of his mother.
He experienced much religious pessimism. During this period Liszt took an active dislike to the career of a virtuoso. He made up for his previous lack of education by reading widely, and he came into contact with many of the leading artists of the day, including Alphonse de Lamartine , Victor Hugo , and Heinrich Heine.
With the July Revolution of resulting in the abdication of the French king Charles X and the coronation of Louis-Philippe , he sketched out a Revolutionary Symphony. Between and he met three men who were to have a great influence on his artistic life.
At the end of he first met Hector Berlioz and heard the first performance of his Symphonie fantastique. From Berlioz he inherited the command of the Romantic orchestra and also the diabolic quality that remained with him for the rest of his life.
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