A Rival or Liszt

R. Allen Lott

in From Paris to Peoria

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195148831
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199869695 | DOI:
A Rival or Liszt

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Sigismund Thalberg (1812-71) was the one pianist to rival Liszt in the 1830s. Bernard Ullman, with a decade of managerial experience, masterminded Thalberg's two-year American tour (1856-8) that included almost nightly concerts and totaled at least 340 concerts in seventy-eight cities. Thalberg found devoted audiences that returned over and over again to hear flawless performances of his celebrated virtuoso showpieces. While in the US, he also wrote variations on “The Last Rose of Summer” and “Home, Sweet Home”, the latter extremely successful. Ullman arranged a continuously changing roster of assisting artists that included singers and the American pianists Louis Moreau Gottschalk and William Mason. His performances of Beethoven concertos were a significant departure for a visiting virtuoso and were well received.

Keywords: Sigismund Thalberg; Franz Liszt; Bernard Ullman; concert management; Home, Sweet Home; Louis Moreau Gottschalk; William Mason; Beethoven piano concertos

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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