Liszt, Franz (1811 - 1886)

Franz Liszt at the age 27
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Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886) at the age of 27
Lithograph by Kriehuber, Vienna, around 1838
Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien

This portrait of Liszt was made at the same time when he met Clara Wieck personally for the first time in Vienna, where she successfully gave a concert. Robert Schumann, who since 1834 sought contact to the piano virtuoso Liszt, but didn’t think much of him as a composer, was highly admired by Franz Liszt. Liszt's detailed review of Schumann’s piano works in the "Gazette musicale" from 12 November1837 was submitted by Schumann in court at the process against Friedrich Wieck, to clarify his position as a renowned composer.
Franz Liszt was a lifelong supporter of the works of Robert Schumann and devoted to both Schumanns, even though Robert and later in particular Clara distanced increasingly. (I.B.)
More about the relationship between Robert and Clara Schumann to Franz Liszt: Wolfgang Seibold, Robert und Clara Schumann in ihren Beziehungen zu Franz Liszt, Teil II, in: Correspondenz 30, edited  by Irmgard Knechtges-Obrecht, Düsseldorf  2007, p 6 ff.


Translation: Katharina Ma

Franz Liszt at the age 30
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Franz Liszt (1811- 1886) at the age of 30
Litograph, around 1840
StadtMuseum Bonn

Franz Liszt at the age of 48
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Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886) at the age of 48
Steel engraving by A. Weger based on a photography by Franz Hanfstängl from 1858
Robert-Schumann-Haus Zwickau

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