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Franz Liszt

Jonathan Kregor

in Music

ISBN: 9780199757824
Published online June 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199757824-0022
Franz Liszt

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Franz Liszt (1811–1886) was a central, though controversial, musical figure in the 19th century. Distinguished as a pianist, admired for his support of promising musicians and other artists, and criticized as a composer and author, Liszt personified many of the diverse pursuits of the age. As one of the preeminent virtuosos in the generation following Ludwig van Beethoven’s death, he left behind several hundred compositions for solo keyboard, many of which are still featured in modern concert programs. Although his reputation as a composer of symphonic and vocal music has been more erratic, his virtuosic profile and theories of programmatic composition were extremely influential on contemporaries and following generations. Because of his long life and widespread geographic reach, Liszt has figured prominently in musicological scholarship that seeks to elucidate aesthetic, historical, sociological, or philosophical currents in the 19th century.

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Subjects: Music ; Applied Music ; Ethnomusicology ; Music Theory and Analysis ; Musicology and Music History ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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