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Transcript of Franz Liszt
By: Shaquavia Smith
was a prolific 19th-century Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, organist, philanthropist, author, and many more. He was a friend, musical promoter and benefactor to many composers of his time, including Richard Wagner and Frédéric Chopin.
What we can and must learn from Liszt is precisely what it means to be a musician, and to be, as a musician, at the center of a community’s political and cultural life, and to do so fearlessly, courageously, and generously. He set an example of what it requires to be, truly, a citizen of the world as a composer and performer, as one who broke rules and conventions to chart new paths.
He did so by connecting music to the public’s wider interests, in poetry and prose, in politics, in history, and in art and religion. He wrote on music, including a biography of Chopin. He ran a court theater in Weimar where he gave the first performances of Wagner’s Lohengrin and Schumann’s Genoveva.
Franz Liszt was born to Adam Liszt and Anna Liszt. Adam Liszt on October 22, 1811, in the village of Doborján Liszt's father also played the piano, violin, cello and guitar. He had been in the service of Prince Nikolaus II Esterházy and knew Haydn, Hummel and Beethoven personally. At age six, Franz began listening attentively to his father's piano playing and showed an interest in both sacred and Romance music. Adam began teaching him the piano at age seven, and Franz began composing in an elementary manner when he was eight. He appeared in concerts at Sopron and Pressburg in October and November 1820 at age 9. After the concerts, a group of wealthy sponsors offered to finance Franz's musical education in Vienna.
Liszt was at the forefront of being the determinant of musical direction during his height. His style was so unique, that parts of it eventually became the norm, and even led to several of his own music inventions including the symphonic poem and the advocacy of programme music. Such musical definitiveness began its life simply in the Hungarian village Raiding in 1811 with Adam, his father giving the youngster his musical foundations through piano tuition. With Liszt so intent on being capable, his musical education was eventually taken up and fully financed by a group of Hungarian magnates. He was classical music’s most successful, colorful, and long-lived superstar; he acquired and retained more groupies than any one before or since.
Liebestraum- Love Dream
This particular piece written by Franz was published in 1850 and written while he was in Weimar. The word Liebestraum refers to a three set piano works and also “dream of love”. Liebestraum is one of Franz’s slower meaningful romance pieces. Liszt composed this piece in hopes of attracting but, also giving the public a sense of adoration.
this specific song makes me feel sad as if he was dreaming of some girl he couldn't get or make happy! its slow rhythm creates a soothing tone color and mood. Though it is very slow moving, it is very expressive in the fact that love and passion is present and heard. The emotion coming from this song gives a dramatic feel. Having only the piano play with no vocalist allows appreciation for instruments and aids in the mood and melody.