Franz Liszt, His Circle, and His Elusive Oratorio

Franz Liszt, His Circle, and His Elusive Oratorio

by Xavier Jon Puslowski


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Many scholars, concert pianists, and classical music fans deem Franz Liszt the preeminent pianist of the nineteenth century. In Franz Liszt, His Circle, and His Elusive Oratorio, Xavier Puslowski engages in a detailed study of the links between Liszt, his contemporaries, and his milieu. Drawing on Liszt's famous Saint Stanislas Oratorio as a focal point, Puslowski brings together the history of the Romantic period in classical music and the intersection of key figures and historical events in his story of Liszt's achievements told from a distinctly historicist perspective.

Readers get a new view of Liszt as Puslowski brings together a remarkable cast of characters. Friend and rival, Frederic Chopin, stands tall as a symbol of Poland's fight for independence; the remarkable French "people's poet" Pierre Beranger makes his entrance; virtuoso violinist Niccolo Paganini takes center stage later in Liszt's life; the indefatigable French composer Hector Berlioz and the domineering Richard Wagner assume their roles in this musical drama; and finally two of Poland's premier violinists, Karol Lipinski and Henryk Wieniawski, stand side by side with Russian pianist Anton Rubinstein, as the story of Liszt's influence reaches across national boundaries and time itself to make its presence felt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442238022
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Xavier Jon Puslowski taught at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and served as an economist with the U.S. Department of Energy.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Romanticism and the musical background
Chapter 2: Youth and the Prodigy
Chapter 3: Béranger and the Revolutions
Chapter 4: Paganini and his crucial influence
Chapter 5: Liszt and the Polish pianist
Chapter 6: Chopin and the Polish bowman
Chapter 7: Chopin and Polish Romanticism
Chapter 8: Liszt and the great virtuosity
Chapter 9: Chopin and his letters
Chapter 10: The Princess and settlement at Weimar
Chapter 11: Liszt and his three lives
Chapter 12: Wieniawski and the hard-earned years
Chapter 13: Liszt and the Polish Oratorio
Chapter 14: The Survivor and his friends
Chapter 15: The Decline and End
Appendix: Listings of Franz Liszt's music connected to Poland

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