An Artist's Journey

Lettres d'un bachelier es musique, 1835-1841

Franz Liszt

An Artist's Journey
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Franz Liszt

Translated and annotated by Charles Suttoni
304 pages | 20 halftones | © 1989
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226485102 Published June 1989
In these eloquent and intensely personal writings, Franz Liszt sketches the cities, people, and scenes of his travels in the 1830s and explores ideas about art and its ideal place in the world. During six years of wandering through Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria, and Germany (four of them together with Countess Marie d'Agoult), the composer saw the greatest art and most fabulous landscapes of Europe and crossed paths with celebrated singers and artists, renowned intellectuals, infamous socialites, and both reigning and deposed aristocracy. The article/essays that emerged from this period are both public and private: though written for the Paris press, they are the closest that Liszt came to autobiography. Some of these writings are travel articles; some are essentially reports of a music correspondent; still others are personal and confessional; and some are really essays on the nature of art. All offer precious insight into the musical, social, and intellectual life in the major European capitals seen through the eyes of one of the most well-read and influential musical personalities of the period.
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Letters
1. Geneva
To George Sand
2. Return to Paris
To a Poet-Voyager [George Sand]
3. Strife in Paris
To George Sand
4. Nohant and Lyons
To Adolphe Pictet
5. From Savoy to the Italian Lakes
To Louis de Ronchaud
Lake Como: To Louis de Ronchaud
6. Milan
La Scala: To Maurice Schlesinger
To Lambert Massart: Part I, Milan
7. Venice and Vienna
To Heinrich Heine
Venice
To Lambert Massart: Part II, Vienna
8. Genoa, Florence, and Bologna
Genoa and Florence: Part I, Genoa
The Perseus of Benvenuto Cellini
Genoa and Florence: Part II, Florence
The Saint Cecilia of Raphael: To Joseph d'Ortigue
9. From Florence to Rome
Musical Conditions in Italy: To Maurice Schlesinger
10. Rome and San Rossore
To Hector Berlioz
11. Hamburg, Copenhagen, and the Rhine
To Léon Kreutzer
Epilogue
Appendices
A. George Sand: Letter of a Voyager to Liszt
B. Heinrich Heine: Confidential Letter
C. Hector Berlioz: To Liszt
D. Liszt: Religious Music of the Future
E. Liszt as Author
Bibliography
Index
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