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Liszt, Franz (1811 - 1886)

Franz Liszt is regarded as the creator of an entirely new genre of piano music and a groundbreaking compositional style. Guided by his vision of transporting his ideas out into the world, Liszt soon became a cosmopolitan due to his extensive concert tours throughout all of Europe, dazzling audiences with his unique performance style and virtuosity.

franz liszt portrait

  His musical career took him to various European countries that were to influence his work. His open-mindedness and cosmopolitan outlook made him a “true” European. It is thus no wonder that today he remains a prominent figure in numerous countries in different ways.

Budapest’s Royal Academy of Music, which was founded at the urging of Liszt and nominated him as its first president, was named after Liszt as early as 1925. In honour of Liszt’s towering accomplishments, Weimar’s “Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt”, which was named after the composer in 1956, organizes international piano and organ competitions bearing his name. And museums in Raiding, Weimar, Budapest, and Bayreuth document the life and work of Franz Liszt.

In 2006 a modern concert facility was built next to the composer’s historic birthplace in Raiding, Burgenland. Since then, the Liszt Festival, with its acoustically outstanding concert hall, has presented world-class classical concerts. Liszt’s birthplace, which still has a shingled exterior, has served as a museum since 1951, and has also been redesigned. In addition to photographs, sheet music, and Liszt’s death mask, one can also admire rarities such as the Erard piano that Liszt played.