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Franz Liszt

  • Born

  • Early life

    Early life
    Liszt began composing at the age of eight and also gave concerts around Europe
  • Big move

    Big move
    Liszt moved to Paris with his family and gave various concerts along the way including in Germany
  • Exhaustion affects music

    Exhaustion affects music
    After suffering nervous exhaustion, Liszt considered becoming a priest instead of a musician
  • Making a living

    Making a living
    Liszt earned his living by being a piano teacher, he eventually fell in love with one of his students. He then became ill and would not play the piano for more than a year
  • Mature composer evolves

    Mature composer evolves
    Liszt became a mature composer with the solo piano piece Harmonies poétiques et religieuses. His lyrical style showcased his youthful nature
  • First child is born

    First child is born
    His daughter Blandine was born in Geneva
  • Traveling musician

    Traveling musician
    For the past eight years, Liszt traveled all over Europe and gave concerts in towns. He was greeted with gifts, decorations and even had multiple mistresses.
  • Composing became important

    Composing became important
    After meeting princess Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein at Kiev, she convinced Liszt to give up being a virtuoso and instead focus only on composing. Liszt gave his final concert at Yelizavetgrad in September of that year.
  • Liszt resides in Rome

    Liszt resides in Rome
    Liszt occupied himself around religious music and completed Die Legende von der heiligen Elisabeth and Christus. He wanted to create a different sound for religious music and make it become more popular.
  • Master classes in Weimar

    Master classes in Weimar
    Liszt gave master classes in piano playing and then two years later he did the same in Budapest. During his final years, he spent his time in Rome, Weimar and Budapest.
  • Royal Academy of Music at Budapest

    Royal Academy of Music at Budapest
    38 students passed the entrance exam to enter into the academy, 21 of those students wanted to study piano playing.
  • Last performance

    Last performance
    Liszt had his last performance in Luxembourg. After this performance, his health began to get worse.
  • Death

    Liszt's illness turned into pneumonia and could have been contracted at a festival he attended. He died at the age of 74 and was buried in the cemetery of Bayreuth.