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Liszt – A Tale of Two Women. Sonetto del Petrarca 104

 I have written elsewhere of Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage, a set of three volumes plus a supplement, Venezia e Napoli , the composition of which spanned Liszt’s life from his twenties to his seventies, from youth to what used to be … Continue reading

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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. 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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