Tag Archives: Liszt

Happy Birthday, Franz Liszt

Raise a glass to Liszt today, on his birthday. Here he is, below centre, celebrating his 73rd birthday in Weimar with some of his students in 1884.  Advertisements

Posted in Composers, Liszt - Years of Pilgrimage, Three Volumes | Tagged , | Leave a comment

All Hands on Deck – including Liszt’s and Rachmaninoff’s. The Paraphrases, and Two Pieces for Piano 6 hands.

It’s New Year’s Eve, 6.50am, and time to write the final post of 2016. Thank you, dear Reader, for sharing this journey through Mussorgsky’s Pictures and other Russian musical curiosities with me. The penultimate work in this series of blogposts … Continue reading

Posted in Pictures at an Exhibition | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Postcards, the Painting, and the Bolognese Sauce.

It all started with the Postcards; six or seven of them, dated from 1st to the 19th October, 1945, showing black and white views of Bologna, similar to these ones found on Wikipedia. The ink of the handwriting on the … Continue reading

Posted in Composers, Liszt - Years of Pilgrimage, Three Volumes | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

La Fenice – The Phoenix, Venice’s inflammable Opera House

  The Phoenix and the Carpet, The Flight of the Phoenix, Dumbledore’s pet phoenix –  the phoenix, a mythical bird which rises from the ashes of its predecessor, has a special place in literature. But no Phoenix is more true … Continue reading

Posted in Death in Venice - and Alkan | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Death in Venice – and Alkan

Byron stood there. Liszt stood there. You’ve probably stood there, and now I have, too. I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs,  A palace and a prison at each hand… And as I was standing there last November, … Continue reading

Posted in Composers, Death in Venice - and Alkan, Places | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

L is for Liszt, M is for Medici. Debussy meets Liszt at the Villa Medici in Rome

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Go to the Spanish Steps in the Piazza di Spagna, where everyone gathers to socialise and to watch the world go by. And, if you’re a musician, climb up the 138 steps, … Continue reading

Posted in Composers, Music, Places, The French Connection - An A-Z of Debussy's music | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Journey’s End – and the Last Word from Liszt in 2011

  So we come to New Year’s Eve, the final day of 2011 and of the Liszt bicentenary. I set out on this online Année de Pèlerinage through Liszt’s music nearly a year ago, and it has been a fantastic experience. … Continue reading

Posted in Composers, Liszt - Studying the Etudes - Transcendental Etudes, and Paganini Caprices, Music, Places | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment