Franz Liszt

Remember that notice at yesterday’s meeting that it was the 200th birthday of Franz Liszt (as well as the 87th birthday of Toastmasters International)? There’s a really interesting article about Liszt in today’s New York Times. Titled Still Wondering if Liszt was any Good, the article confirms many of the assertions we heard about Liszt’s manner and dress (don’t miss the photo that’s printed), but it questions Liszt’s reputation more than you were led to believe. It seems contemporary composers like Chopin, Mendelssohn, and Schumann were not entirely enthusiastic about his music, and it ends up asking So is Liszt any good? And the answer, Well, yes and no. But I’m sticking to the story I told.

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