Piano Music - Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt


1811 - 1886
Franz Liszt was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, and organist of the Romantic era.


In Liszt's Words


📖 "Le concert c'est moi."
Liszt on his innovation of the solo recital (1839)


📖 “For the virtuoso, musical works are in fact nothing but tragic and moving materializations of his emotions; he is called upon to make them speak, weep, sing and sigh, to recreate them in accordance with his own consciousness. In this way he, like the composer, is a creator, for he must have within himself those passions that he wishes to bring so intensely to life.”


📖 “Music embodies feeling without forcing it to contend and combine with thought, as it is forced in most arts and especially in the art of words.”


📖 “A person of any mental quality has ideas of his own. This is common sense.”


📖 "Real men are sadly lacking in this world, for when they are put to the test they prove worthless."


📖 "Supreme serenity still remains the Ideal of great Art. The shapes and transitory forms of life are but stages toward this Ideal, which Christ's religion illuminates with His divine light."


📖 "The principal task of a conductor is not to put himself in evidence but to disappear behind his functions as much as possible. We are pilots, not servants."


📖 “Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.”


📖 “Music is the heart of life." She speaks love; "without it, there is no possible good and with it everything is beautiful.”


📖 "Everyone is against me. Catholics, because they find my church music profane, Protestants because to them my music is Catholic, Freemasons because they think my music too clerical; to conservatives I am a revolutionary, to the 'Futurists' an old Jacobin. As for the Italians … if they support Garibaldi they detest me as a hypocrite; if they are on the Vatican side, I am accused of bringing Venus's grotto into the Church. To Bayreuth I am not a composer but a publicity agent. Germans reject my music as French, the French as German, to the Austrians I write Gypsy music, to the Hungarians foreign music. And the Jews loathe me, my music and myself, for no reason at all."
In a Letter to Ödön Mihalovich from his last years, in New Hungarian Quarterly (autumn 1986)


📖 "Music is never stationary; successive forms and styles are only like so many resting places - like tents pitched and taken down again on the road to the Ideal."


📖 "Music does not lie to the feelings."

Quotes by Franz Liszt


Franz Liszt - Piano Music & Books















Documentaries, Lectures and Conversations about Franz Liszt


Alan Walker Lecture - Liszt and the Keyboard



David Dubal's 'Conversations with Arrau' (4 of 6): Liszt




A Few Recordings of Liszt's Piano Music


Anna Yesipova plays Verdi-Liszt
"Rigoletto" Fantasy Paraphrase
Recorded in 1906








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