Liszt and His World: Proceedings of the International Liszt Conference Held at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 20-23 May 1993

Liszt and His World: Proceedings of the International Liszt Conference Held at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 20-23 May 1993

Liszt and His World: Proceedings of the International Liszt Conference Held at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 20-23 May 1993

Liszt and His World: Proceedings of the International Liszt Conference Held at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 20-23 May 1993

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In 1992 I organized a conference of performers and scholars interested in the life and accomplishments of Franz Liszt. Entitled “Liszt and His World,” the conference itself took place from 20-23 May 1993 at Virginia Tech and included, in addition to scholarly presentations, several concerts and social affairs. My intentions were to publish the papers presented at the conference within twenty-four months, but the unfortunate death in 1995 of Rey Longyear (himself one of the presenters and among the foremost Lisztians in the world) conspired against me; so, too, did events in my own life. Now, some five years later, the proceedings that follow no longer reflect the conference program precisely. One paper is missing altogether, while several others—including a most important essay by Leslie Howard and Michael Short on their forthcoming catalog of Liszt's compositions—have been added in its place. Among these additions is my own article on Liszt manuscripts in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. Contributions by most authors were brought up to date early in 1998.

The essays that follow are divided into three principal categories: those dealing with Liszt's life and relationships; those dealing with documentary and source studies; and those detailing with Liszt's own compositions and stylistic influences.

No Liszt scholar is more highly esteemed than Dezső Legány, one of Hungary's most distinguished musicologists and the author of two books on Liszt's relationship with his homeland between 1869 and 1886. Legány's essay below also deals with Liszt and Hungary, but from 1820-1846. The author of a celebrated translation of Liszt's early travel writings, Charles Suttoni has contributed an article about Liszt's complex relationship with the Comtesse Marie d'Agoult, the mother of his three children and for many years his mistress, confidante, and literary collaborator. Ben Arnold, Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Emory University, presents the results of his researches into Liszt's intellectual and literary interests. Gerhard J. Winkler, Curator of the Haydn-Museum, Eisenstadt, and an authority on the life and music of both Liszt and Richard Wagner, discusses the role of Liszt's “Weimar mythology” on his career and reputation.

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