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Franz Liszt: The Final Years, 1861-1886, Vol. 3
The last quarter-century of Liszt's life was filled with dramatic turns, contrasts and emotional storms, like the Hungarian composer's romantic music. The buoyant man of the world retreated into a monastery near Rome (1863-1865), emerging as a Roman Catholic cleric. His elder daughter, Blandine, died from a breast operation, and Liszt tried his best to break up the ...more
Hardcover, 640 pages
Published June 11th 1996 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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It took me several months to work my way through all three volumes (no need to rush a good thing), but it was well worth the journey. In spite of its great length and depth, this was probably one of the most interesting and well-written biographies I have ever read, not to mention that the amount and quality of research involved is astounding. An awesome work--highly recommended to Lisztians, pianists, fans of the Romantic era of music, and music-lovers in general. I was especially happy with ...more
Ótima biografia do compositor. Sua extensão, dividida em três volumes, se justifica pelo autor entrar em diversos debates que permearam a vida do compositor. A assim chamada "Guerra dos românticos", em que duas percepções sobre o significado da arte se opõem é uma delas. Para Liszt, Berlioz, Chopin e outros, a música traz um significado que transcenderia ela própria, e criando uma correspondência com outras artes porque toca seus domínios. O outro lado do front teria Brahms e, talvez mais ...more
Apr 15, 2013 The Literary Chick rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Again, biographies simply do not get much better than Allen Walker's three volume set on Liszt. Impeccably researched, supplemented by analysis of relevant musical scores, and inclusion of the history of the times, it is nonetheless a fluid and engaging read. My only reservation is that Walker's obvious admiration for the man almost amounts to a canonization. Plan to revisit these volumes again and again.
Alan Walker’s definitive three-volume biography of Liszt, Franz Liszt, received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in Biography and the Royal Philharmonic Society Book Award, among others. His writing has appeared in journals such as The Musical Quarterly, The Times Literary Supplement, and Times Educational Supplement. A professor emeritus at McMaster University, Walker was made a Fellow of the ...more
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