Chapter

Franz Liszt

Russell Stinson

in The Reception of Bach's Organ Works from Mendelssohn to Brahms

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195171099
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865239 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171099.003.0004
Franz Liszt

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This chapter begins by discussing how Franz Liszt came to know of Bachian music. It provides evidence that Liszt gained interest in the Six Great Preludes and Fugues for organ, and that he began to play actual works by Bach on the organ. It narrates that 1839 was a milestone in Liszt's musical career, for it inaugurated an eight-year period during which he gained his reputation as the leading pianist in the world. It narrates that shortly after living in Weimar, Liszt's passion for Bach's music was stimulated. It then narrates that Liszt must notate and then publish his piano transcriptions of all half dozen of Bach's six Great Preludes and Fugues for organ. It also tells that the local organist, Alexander Wilhelm Gottschalg, have been closest to Liszt for the longest period. It highlights that teaching was central to Liszt's musical existence throughout his long career.

Keywords: Virtuoso; Weimar; Franz Liszt; Alexander Wilhelm Gottschalg; Clara Schumann

Chapter.  9982 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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