The Life and Times of Franz Liszt ( Masters of Music Series)

The Life and Times of Franz Liszt ( Masters of Music Series)

by Jim Whiting
     
 

Many people believe that Hungarian-born Franz Liszt was the greatest piano player of all time. Certainly he was the first musical superstar. During an eight-year concert tour in the 1840s, he revolutionized the way that pianists performed in public. He had several love affairs before taking Holy Orders in the Catholic Church. One of the most versatile figures in music…  See more details below

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Many people believe that Hungarian-born Franz Liszt was the greatest piano player of all time. Certainly he was the first musical superstar. During an eight-year concert tour in the 1840s, he revolutionized the way that pianists performed in public. He had several love affairs before taking Holy Orders in the Catholic Church. One of the most versatile figures in music history, he was also a composer, concert promoter, and conductor. He was a very generous man, freely offering support and encouragement to younger musicians. In this book by music lover Jim Whiting, young adults get to know Franz Liszt, superstar.

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Children's Literature
This title is part of the "Masters of Music, The World's Greatest Composers" series which combines biography, musical knowledge, events and other people of the times in text which appeals to average readers in middle school, but is useful for high school students as well. Opening with a comparison of Beatlemania and Liszetomania, the text returns to Liszt's dandified appearance and his attraction for women and scandal, and ends with Liszt's taking of holy orders. It also points out his hard work in becoming a musical superstar/composer/concert promoter/conductor, who later used his influence to mentor younger musicians. His story is seen against vignettes of the times: the Luddites' fear of industrialization; the composing of "America"; the storming of The Alamo; the Irish Potato Famine; and Liszt's countryman, Franz Kafka, who was born three years before the composer's death. Further reading, a bibliography of books for young adults, numerous websites both on the man and on the times, a list of selected works by Liszt, chapter notes with sources for quotes, reference works consulted, and an index are included. While the reading level is listed at upper elementary level, the text assumes knowledge of some specialized vocabulary and a working knowledge of history to help set some of the events in the context which the book tries to provide. 2005, Mitchell Lane Publishers, Ages 8 to 14.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584152804
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Masters of Music: The World's Greatest Composers Series
Edition description:
n
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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