The Unknown Liszt

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The Unknown Liszt

<p>A flamboyant virtuoso, a lady’s man, a champion of innovation, a pop star, a generous patron, and a Catholic acolyte: Franz Liszt was all of these and more during his long and varied career. His

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A flamboyant virtuoso, a lady’s man, a champion of innovation, a pop star, a generous patron, and a Catholic acolyte: Franz Liszt was all of these and more during his long and varied career. His music ranges from astonishing instrumental brilliance to deep emotional yearning, and his influence on other composers and performers has been extensive. This course examines the life and works of Liszt, illustrated with music, paintings, and photographs.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Session 1
    • What do we think of when we think of Liszt?
    • Liszt’s Place in Music History
    • Europe in the Romantic period
    • Liszt’s Musical Style
    • The Hungarian Rhapsodies
  • Session 2
    • Childhood in Hungary
    • Student of Czerny
    • Liszt in Paris
    • The Paganini of the Piano
    • Marie d’Agoult
    • Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
  • Session 3
    • Travelling Virtuoso
    • Conductor at Weimar
    • Princess Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein
    • Liszt’s Symphonic Poems
    • The Faust Symphony
    • The Piano Sonata in B Minor
  • Session 4
    • A Life Split in Three
    • Abbe Liszt in Rome
    • The Royal Academy of Music in Budapest
    • Masterclasses in Weimar
    • The Hungarian Coronation Mass
    • Liebstraume: Dreams of Love


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe elements of Liszt’s musical style.
  2. List some of Liszt’s major works, and describe their place in his musical output.
  3. Describe some of the major events of Liszt’s life.