Liszt, Franz

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Autograph letter signed, two pages (both sides), 5 x 7,75 inch - inlaid to a larger sheet (9 x 12 inch), Weimar, 23.04.1882, in German and French, to publisher of the `Allgemeine deutsche Musikzeitung` Otto Lessmann - offering to dedicate a symphonic `Canone perpetuo` in thanks if only he himself were more familiar with the canon form, inviting him to accompany him to the Musicians` Congress in Zurich, and adding that he is reading and recommending his paper, written and signed in black ink "F. Liszt", with a horizontal letter folds, and scattered mild stains - in fine condition. Accompanied by a clipping of the original envelope - affixed to a larger sheet.

"So vielen Dank schulde ich Ihnen, Verehrter lieber Freund, dass ich damit gar nicht fertig werden könnte. Wäre mir die canonische Form nicht zu ungeläufig, so dedizirte ich Ihnen einen symphonischen Danksagungs Canone perpetuo.
Unsere Freundin Adelheid von Schorn sagt mir dass Sie wahrscheinlich die Ferienzeit in Weimar zubringen. Herzlichst Willkommen. Dieses Jahr findet die / `Tonkünstler Versammlung` wobei ich als überflüssig nothwendiger - (le superflu chose se necessaire, selon Voltaire) erscheine, seit der Gründung der Tonkünstler Versammlungen mit Brendel vor 20 Jahren - also findet diesmal in Zürich statt, vom 9ten bis 12ten Juli. Reisen wir zusammen dahin, lieber Freund, von Weimar aus.
Ihr vorzügliches Blatt lese ich mit Vorliebe, und propagiere es reichlich.
Herzlich dankbar ergebenst - F. Liszt - 23ten April, 82-Weimar"

"I owe you so many thanks, my esteemed dear friend, that I would hardly be able to finish expressing same. If the form of a `canon` were not so unfamiliar to me, I would dedicate to you a symphonic thanksgiving `Canon Perpetuous`.
Our friend Adelheid von Schorn told me that in all probability you would spend your vacation at Weimar. You will be most heartily welcome. This year the / Congress of Musical Artists will take place at Zurich, where I will be present as a man who is superfluously necessary, (the superfluous matter which is so necessary according to Voltaire), since the establishment of Congresses of Musical Artists* with Brendel 20 years ago - that is to say, this time it will take place in Zurich from July 9 to 12.
Let us go there together, dear friend, from Weimar. I am reading your excellent paper with predeliction and recommend it lustily.
Most gratefully, F. Liszt - April 23, 1882-Weimar"

*In 1859, the first Musicians' Congress (Tonkünstler-Versammlung) met in Leipzig, where Karl Franz Brendel, editor of the `Neue Zeitschrift für Musik`, delivered a speech commemorating that magazine`s 25th anniversary; in that address, Brendel introduced a name for the recent developments in the music being made in Germany and elsewhere: the `New German School.`

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(1811-1886) a 19th-century Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, teacher and Franciscan tertiary.

Year of Birth: 1811

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Franz Liszt was one of the most celebrated composers of the 19th century. He was born on October 22, 1811 in Raiding, Hungary, and was the son of Adam Liszt, a prominent Hungarian lawyer, and Anna Lager, a talented pianist. He began his musical education at the age of six, when he began taking piano lessons from his father.

At the age of nine, Liszt made his first public appearance in Vienna, and he soon became a celebrated child prodigy. As a result, he was invited to perform at courts and salons throughout Europe, and he made his debut in Paris in 1823.

Liszt was especially gifted in improvisation and sight-reading, and he quickly became known as one of the greatest pianists of his time. He was also a prolific composer, writing symphonies, operas, chamber music, and over 1,000 songs.

In 1827 Liszt enrolled in the Paris Conservatory, where he studied composition and music theory under the tutelage of composer and theorist Anton Reicha. He graduated with the highest honors in 1832.

In the mid-1830s, Liszt embarked on a series of international tours as a virtuoso pianist. His performances were legendary, and he soon became a celebrity. During this period, he also wrote some of his most important works, including the Piano Sonata in B minor and the Hungarian Rhapsodies.

In 1847, Liszt settled in Weimar, Germany, where he was appointed as the Kapellmeister of the Grand Ducal Court. During this period, he wrote some of his most important works, including the Faust and Dante symphonies and the opera Tannhäuser.

In 1861, Liszt retired from the concert stage and turned his attention to composition and teaching. Over the next few years, he wrote a number of important works, including the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, and the Faust Symphony.

In 1886, Franz Liszt died in Bayreuth, Germany. He was buried in the cemetery of the Abbey of Wihr-au-Val, and his grave is now a popular tourist attraction.

Today, Franz Liszt is remembered as one of the greatest composers of the 19th century. His works continue to be performed around the world, and he is credited with being one of the first composers to embrace the concept of program music. He was also a major influence on a number of later composers, including Claude Debussy, Richard Wagner, and Igor Stravinsky.

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