10 Interesting Facts about Franz Liszt

Facts about Franz Liszt will give you information about a Hungarian pianist and composer. He was born on October 22, 1811 in Raiding, Sopron County, Hungary (Austria) and died on July 31, 1886 in Bayreuth. In the 19th century, Liszt was one of the most important musicians. He was also the greatest pianist at that time. There are a lot of music for piano which was written by him. The other facts about him will be expalined below. Check this out!

Facts about Franz Liszt 1: Musical works

Piano music, transcriptions, organ music, programme music, symphonic poems are some his musical works.

Facts about Franz Liszt 2: Family

Anna Liszt and Adam Liszt are parents of Franz Liszt. His family moved to Paris in 1825. His father played violin, piano, guitar, and cello. At age seven, Adam taught him to play piano. Then, he performed in concerts halls in October and November 1820 when he was nine years old.

Anna Liszt
Anna Liszt

Facts about Franz Liszt 3: His notable musical contributions

The invention of the symphonic poem, making radical departures in harmony, and developing the concept of thematic transformation were the notable musical contributions by Franz Liszt.

Facts about Franz Liszt 4: Franz’s musical education

Franz’s musical education in Vienna was financed by a group of wealthy sponsors. He got piano lessons from Carl Czerny and lessons in composition from Ferdinando Paer and Antonio Salieri at there.

Facts about Franz Liszt 5: Music teacher

Liszt moved to Paris after his father’s death in 1827. He became a
music teacher by giving lessons in composition and piano playing. He worked from early morning at half-past eight until ten at night.

Facts about Franz Liszt 6: Liszt’s students

Although most of the Liszt’s students were amateur, but some of them made a professional career, including
Valérie Boissier, Comtesse de Gasparin, Julius Eichberg, Pierre Wolff, and Hermann Cohen.

Facts about Franz Liszt 7: The famous Liszt’s piano pieces

The Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, the Liebestraum No. 2 (Love’s Dream), and La Campanella (Little Bell) are three most famous of Liszt’s piano pieces.

Facts about Franz Liszt 8: Musical promoter

Liszt was a friend and musical promoter to many composers, including Richard Wagner, Robert Schumann, Edvard Grieg, Joachim Raff, Alexander Borodin, Frédéric Chopin, Hector Berlioz, Camille Saint-Saëns, Ole Bull, and Mikhail Glinka.

Franz Liszt
Franz Liszt

Facts about Franz Liszt 9: Film

Liszt was played in many film, including Song of Love in the 1947 by Henry Daniell; Glinka – The Composer in the 1952 by Sviatoslav Richter; Song Without End
in the 1960 by Dirk Bogarde; BBC television series Notorious Woman in the 1974 by Jeremy Irons; Ken Russell film Lisztomania in the 1975
by Roger Daltrey; and British-American film Impromptu in the 1991
by Julian Sands.

Facts about Franz Liszt 10: Relationship

Franz Liszt had an affair with Marie d’Agoult. They also had children. However, they separated in 1844.
Then, he lived with Princess Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein.

Marie d'Agoult
Marie d’Agoult


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