The Unknown Liszt

1 day, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Franz Liszt

A flamboyant virtuoso, a lady’s man, a champion of innovation, a pop star, a generous patron, and a catholic acolyte: Franz Liszt was all of these and more during his long and varied career. His music ranges from astonishing technical brilliance to deep emotional yearning, and his influence on other composers and performers has been extensive. This study day examines the life and works of Liszt, illustrated with music, paintings, and photographs.

Course Outline

Session 1

  • What do we think of when we think of Liszt?
  • Liszt's place in music history
  • Europe in the Romantic period
  • Liszt's musical style
  • The Hungarian Rhapsodies

Session 2

  • Childhood in Hungary
  • Student of Czerny
  • Liszt in Paris
  • The Paganini of the Piano
  • Marie d’Agoult
  • Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2

Session 3

  • Travelling Virtuoso
  • Conductor at Weimar
  • Princess Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein
  • Liszt’s Symphonic Poems
  • The Faust Symphony
  • The Piano Sonata in B Minor

Session 4

  • A Life Split in Three
  • Abbe Liszt in Rome
  • The Royal Academy of Music in Budapest
  • Masterclasses in Weimar
  • The Hungarian Coronation Mass
  • Liebstraume: Dreams of Love
Book cover The Unknown Liszt

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About Susan Deas

Susan Deas is a professional musician, lecturer and teacher. She has been teaching music appreciation courses for more than twenty years, through Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education, WEA Sydney and at other venues. Her training includes a Bachelor of Music with a major in Performance (Piano) and Musicology, a Master of Music Studies (Studio Pedagogy), a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), and an A.Mus.A in Musicianship. Susan teaches piano and music theory to adults and children, and plays piano and organ at various venues around Sydney. Susan is an accredited piano teacher and musicianship teacher, and is on the Council of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW.

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