Wunderkind, piano virtuoso, playboy and abbé, citizen of the world, and self-proclaimed “gypsy musician”. Franz Liszt’s music is as versatile and contradictory as its creator. In 2011 Burgenland celebrates the composer’s 200th birthday.
Beyond the last foothills of the Sopron Mountains the land becomes flat and the sky grows large. This is where Central Burgenland opens up to the Hungarian Basin, and where the Pannonian climate ensures outstanding conditions for the wines produced in this region.
Franz Liszt was born on 22 October 1811 in a former administration building in the village of Raiding. This shingled house still stands today and now serves as a museum. On the occasion of the founding of the Liszt Festival in 2006, the Franz Liszt Concert Hall, which was awarded the Architecture Prize of the Province of Burgenland, was built directly adjacent to Liszt’s birthplace.
In celebration of Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday, Lisztomania 2011 presents a wide variety of exhibitions in Eisenstadt and Central Burgenland. Under the title “Hear the light … see the sound”, artists from the many European countries in which Liszt performed joined forces in 2010 at Burgenland’s Cselley Mühle to focus on the relationship between music and the fine arts, as exemplified in the works of Franz Liszt. The results will be on display in 2011 in the Provincial Gallery in Eisenstadt, before the exhibition goes on tour through Europe.
Liszt’s hometown of Raiding and the neighbouring parish church of Unterfrauenhaid look at the origins and the early years of the composer as a child prodigy. At the Franz Liszt Centre Raiding, a series of piano recitals, orchestra concerts, and vocal-music concerts illustrate the broad spectrum of Franz Liszt’s music. Commemorative concerts and cross-border projects that explore the work of Franz Liszt in a creative and innovative way with new works and improvisation round out the programme of the Liszt Festival. www.lisztfestival.atLisztomania 2011