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Franz Liszt
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), the Netherlands. Chopin (1810-1849), Poland. Giuseppi Verdi (1813-1901), Italy. Jenny Lind (1820-1887), Sweden. Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), Denmark. Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), United Kingdom. Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Germany - and Switzerland and the United States, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1921.

Portal:  Liszt 2011  Liszt 200 years  Liszt 200-year birthday anniversary  Liszt bicentenary  Liszt countdown  World Liszt Day  Liszt Year 2011  Liszt Év 2011  Lisztomania

Franz Liszt (1811-1886), the pianist and composer born in Hungary. Liszt was "a major sensation" in 1841 and 1842, when he played in Brussels on a European tour.  Oil painting by Mihály Munkácsy, at the Hungarian National Museum, Budapest.
Icons of Europe participates in the celebration of the Liszt Year 2011.Liszt 200 years

"Franz Liszt or Ferenc Liszt (1811-1886), virtuoso pianist and composer born in Raiding Hungary, has emerged as one of the most awe-inspiring figures in all of music history.  His genius extended far beyond the piano". fls

New book: Chopin / Liszt

Based on recent research,
Le Rêve de Chopin will in 2012 reveal the important role Liszt played over many years in supporting the enshrinement of Chopin's legacy.  To be informed when this new book is ready for sale, click here.

200 years in 2013:  Wagner | Verdi

Liszt Év 2011

- Liszt 2011 | Budapest
- World Liszt Day 2011
- KLASSZ | Int'l Liszt Association
- Raiding | Thüringen | Bayreuth | BE

Liszt's music demonstrates the "seamlessness of great European culture".  This page alone refers to 14.countries plus USA and China.

Liszt, oil painting by Wilhelm Kaulbach.Resources for Liszt

- Liszt Academy | School
- Comp | Comp | Sheet music
- Letters | Letters | Letters
- Book | Bio | Bio | Bio F | Site
- Life | Works | Oeuvre | Books
- EU Rep | Amb | Emb | eu2011 | HU
Liszt, c. 1858.201 years in 2012

"The lisztomania of the bicentenary of Franz Liszt's birthday provides an opportunity to restore him to his rightful place as a giant of 19th century music." bv | julliard | NYT


Meanwhile, listen to his music:

- Rhapsody N° 2 | LL | Jung Lin
- Concerto N° 1 | N° 2 | Mazeppa
- Paganini Etude 2 | Feux Follets
- Liebestraum N° 3 | Victor Borge
- Consolation N°3 | N°2 | Horowitz
- La Campanella | Duo | Wagner

Icons of Europe:  Recherches historiques indépendantes, publications et événements / A platform for cross-border dialogue and inspiration
Liszt was played by Daniel Blumenthal at the inauguration of Icons of Europe in 2002 under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
Icons of Europe's EU concert at Brussels in 2002 included Bartók
and Kodály.  Later, three Chinese virtuosi, pupils of Daniel Blumenthal, played Liszt at Icons of Europe.
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The new book Rêve.de.Chopin will also reveal how Jenny Lind (1820-1887), the Swedish Nightingale worked closely with Liszt to commemorate Chopin's music and life.
In the context of his longstanding collaboration with Richard Wagner (1813-1883), Liszt made piano transcriptions from his works: e.g. Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde.
The greatest
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"Franz Liszt is probably the most important composer of the 19th century after Beethoven" - NYT 631-632.¹  See also 642, 651, 699, 737, 772 and others.

Queen Victoria
In early 1886, Liszt played for Queen Victoria.  He died shortly after in Bayreuth, Germany, on 31 July, while attending the Wagner Festival.

Wagner explaining his Ring cycle to this wife (Cosima Wagner née Liszt), Franz Liszt and Hans von Wolzogen.  Painting by W. Beckmann.  © Richard Wagner Museum, Luzern.  Liszt, oil painting by Wilhelm Kaulbach.
Die Wagners in einem Gemälde von Beckmann, 1881:
Cosima Wagner (née Liszt), Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt
und Hans von Wolzogen in der Villa Wahfried in Bayreuth.
Painting by W. BeckmannSource. © Richard Wagner Museum, Luzern
Franz Liszt entertained over the years a special relationship with Belgium.
In February 1841, Liszt first toured Belgium where he again met the piano virtuoso Marie Pleyel to whom Chopin had dedicated Nocturnes Op. 9.  She became in 1848 professor of piano at the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles (today with a Flemish counterpart).  Liszt returned to Belgium in 1842 and 1854.  He developed close relations with the family of the Belgian cellist François Servais.  In 1861, he met Comtesse de Mercy-Argenteau, daughter of Prince de Chimay.

¹ The New York Times blog list:  item 631 says it was "prompted" by Icons of Europe's Liszt 2011 portal.
Above large painting:  Liszt by Mihály Munkácsy, at Hungarian National Museum, Budapest.