Franz Liszt Birthday & Fun Facts

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Mar 01, 2023 By Christian Mba
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About Franz Liszt

The birthday of Franz Liszt, also known as Liszt Ferenc, falls on October 22. He was born in 1811 in Doborján, Hungary, and he died on July 31, 1886, in Bayreuth, Germany.
Franz Liszt was a Hungarian composer and virtuoso pianist. Franz Liszt rose to prominence in Europe around the beginning of the 19th century as a skilled pianist.
Frédéric Chopin, Hector Berlioz, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, Edvard Grieg, Clara Schumann, Camille Saint-Saens, Joachim Raff, Ole Bull, Alexander Borodin, and Mikhail Glinka were among his friends, musical admirers, and supporters. Franz Liszt was a talented musician and among the finest renowned members of the New German School (Neudeutsche Schule). He left a large and diversified collection of work that impacted his forward-thinking colleagues and foreshadowed thoughts and movements in the 20th century. The symphonic poem, establishing theme change as an element of his studies in musical works or style, and radical improvements in harmonization were also among Liszt's creative accomplishments. Franz Liszt was looked on as the best pianist of his era. Franz Liszt was the first to do whole solo concerts as a pianist-composer. Franz Liszt was a composer of tremendous creativity, broadening melodic language, and foreshadowing 20th-century orchestral composition. He was the first to compose a symphonic poem for orchestral occasions. Franz Liszt learned to play the piano at a young age through his father. At the age of eight, Franz Liszt started composing with a passion for the church and traditional songs and gave his debut open performance as a concert pianist at the age of nine. Hungarian wealthy industrialists were so taken with his performance that they supported his musical study in piano lessons and piano technique in Vienna for six years.

Childhood And Education

On October 22, 1811, in a small town in Doborjan, present-day Raiding, in the Sopron County of Hungary under Austrian Rule, the Hungarian composer and tone poem artist Franz Liszt was born.
Franz Liszt was born to Anna Liszt and Adam Liszt. The father of Franz Liszt was a pianist, cellist, guitarist, and violinist. He had worked for Prince Nikolaus II Esterházy and apparently knew Beethoven, Haydn, and Hummel. Franz Liszt started paying close attention to the piano musical abilities of his father when he was six years old.
Visiting the church and roaming Romani groups which traveled the Hungarian surroundings, were additional ways for Franz Liszt to be exposed to music. Franz Liszt started playing the piano at the early age of seven and subsequently began to compose in a basic fashion when he was only eight years old. 
At the age of nine, he performed in events at Sopron and Pressburg between October to November 1820. A number of affluent donors promised to fund Franz's musical studies in Vienna following his shows. Franz Liszt had piano tuition under Carl Czerny, who is known to have studied with Beethoven as well as Hummel in the early ’20s.
He also took compositional instruction through Ferdinando Paer as well as Antonio Salieri, the Viennese court's musical supervisor at the time. Franz  Liszt made his official appearance in Vienna on December 1, 1822, in a session at Landständischer Saal. Franz Liszt was welcomed into aristocratic society in Austria and Hungary, where he encountered Beethoven and Schubert.
After his annual leave drew to a close during the springtime of 1823, Adam Liszt requested Prince Esterházy for two additional years, but he was denied. As a result, Adam Liszt resigned from the services of Prince. The family traveled to Hungary for about the final visit towards the end of April 1823. The family moved to Vienna yet again around the latter days of May 1823.

Family and Relationship

The connection of Franz Liszt with Countess Marie d'Agoult started in 1833.
In particular, around the latter days of April 1834, he met Felicité de Lamennais for the first time. Liszt's artistic talent surged underneath the impact of both. The countess was known to have left her family and husband in 1835 to marry Franz Liszt in Geneva, where Blandine, the daughter of Franz Liszt and Countess, was born on December 18, 1835.
Franz  Liszt was a professor at the newly established Geneva Conservatory, author of a piano training handbook, and contributor to the ‘Paris Revue Et Gazette Musicale’.  He advocated that the artist should be elevated from a lower level to value societal norms and ethics within those articles.
Franz Liszt and the countess resided together throughout the following four years, mainly in Switzerland and Italy, and occasionally in Como. Their other daughter, Cosima, arrived around this time. This was the time when they used to have numerous trips to Paris. Daniel was the only son born to Franz Liszt and the countess on May 9, 1839. However, their relationship deteriorated, following which she returned to Paris with the children.
When Franz Liszt learned that preparations for a Beethoven monument in Bonn were already in jeopardy, leading to a shortage of funding, he offered his help. Turning to the existence of a traveling genius was the only way to move forward in his music career. The countess and the children settled in Paris, whereas Franz Liszt performed six performances in Vienna before touring Hungary.
For eight years, Franz Liszt made several trips around Europe, enjoying the summer vacations of 1841 through 1843, mainly on Rhine Island near Nonnenwerth along with the countess and young children. The couple decided to divorce each other in the springtime of 1844.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

The best-known chamber music of Franz Liszt are; 'La Campanella,' 'Mephisto Waltz No. 1,' 'Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2,' 'Three Concert Études: Un Sospiro,' 'Transcendental Étude No. 4: Mazeppa,' 'Liebestraum No. 3,' 'Piano Sonata In B minor,' 'Les Préludes,' 'Totentanz,' and 'Nuages Gris' ('Gray Clouds'). Born under the Austrian empire, Franz Liszt is also best-known for the album 'D'un Voyageur'. In September, Liszt delivered his final concert at Elisavetgrad, which was paid, and afterward spent his winters in the princess' manor in Woronince by accepting her hospitality. 'Dante Symphony' and 'Stabat Mater' are also well-known symphonies of Franz Liszt.

Charity Work

Franz Liszt decided to make his English premiere in 1824 at a charity event organized by The Royal Society of Musicians, which was established as a 'fund for ecay'd musicians.'
The yearly gathering was intended to collect money for artists, orphans, and widows. Berlioz as well as Dvorak both played there subsequently in the 19th century. Clara Schumann addressed the first gathering but refused a subsequent appointment since the activities turned out to be somewhat boisterous. 
Following a fundraising event given by Niccol Paganini on April 20, 1832, for sufferers of the Parisian cholera outbreak, Liszt grew motivated to become as outstanding a master pianist as Paganini had been on the violin. Despite hundreds of pianists committed to mastery at the piano, Paris was already the center for pianistic movements during the 1830s.

What awards did Franz Liszt win?

Franz Liszt has left behind a great legacy, which is almost equal to the great achievements and awards he has earned in his life.
Franz Liszt was among the finest piano player of his day. Franz Liszt was indeed a prolific composer as well as a prominent member of the Romantic era. Like a composer, he revolutionized the piano style of writing, delivering the equipment not just virtuosity but also a deep, rich, nearly symphonic tone.
The majority of his works have titles and are depictions of natural scenes, lyrical ideas, or literary works or artwork. Even now, in his early works, Franz Liszt enlarged the musical vocabulary of his day, and his subsequent creation of harmonic harmony contributed to the collapse of neutrality and, subsequently, to the harmonic progressions of the 20th century.
Franz Liszt was the earliest pianist to do entire solo concerts, and he accomplished a lot in promoting the performing of songs by Berlioz, Beethoven, Bach, Schubert, Robert Schumann, and Wagner by adapting their compositions for piano and performing those in his performances at such a period while many were underappreciated.
He also mentored younger musicians such as Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, Mily Balakirev, and Aleksandr Borodin. He taught a number of students who went on to become great classically trained musicians. In his career, he was a divisive personality, both chastised for his inventions and envious of his intellect and flair.
The International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, often known as the Liszt Competition, is an annual piano event organized across the world. The World Federation of International Music Competitions is a partner of the organization. The competition is organized in the Dutch city of Utrecht, the Netherlands. It was first held in 1986, 100 years after Franz Liszt's death.

Other Interesting Franz Liszt's Facts And Trivia

  • In 1848, after performing around Europe, Franz Liszt settled in Weimar, Germany, to concentrate on composing, along with the help of Princess Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein. It was indeed when Franz Liszt was at his most productive.
  • He also created orchestral and choral pieces and the earliest 12 symphonic poems. While in Weimar, Franz Liszt instructed a large number of students.
  • Franz Liszt indicated a wish to join as a priest in his youth in the Catholic church, but this ideally never became true.
  • In his later years, he grew deeply influential in religious music while living in Rome, creating oratorios including 'Christus' (1855-1866). He intended to make a different form of religious music, one that was straightforward and compelling instead of emotional.
  • Franz Liszt promoted the effectiveness of the music of Hector Berlioz, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Sebastian Bach, and others for reproducing and performing major compositions for piano during a period when music was under-appreciated.
  • He authored works about Frédéric Chopin, piano concertos by John Field, Lohengrin, and Tannhäuser of Richard Wagner, among other subjects.
  • Considering his name and brilliance, Liszt was denied admission to the Conservatoire upon arriving in Paris due to a new decree excluding foreigners from attending. Despite this, Liszt's primary residence stayed in Paris for several season.                                                                                            Wewould love your help! If you have a photo of Frank Liszt, either of them alone or a selfie that you would be happy to share, please send it to you have knowledge or information that you think would help us improve this article, please contact us.

Franz Liszt Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

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Liszt Ferenc

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185 cm

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Composer, Pianist, Teacher, Priest, Writer

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Anna Liszt, Adam Liszt
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