Book Series Speculum musicae, vol. 24

« En pèlerinage avec Liszt »: Virtuosos, Repertoire and Performing Venues in 19th-Century Europe

Fulvia Morabito (ed)

  • Pages: 375 p.
  • Size:210 x 270 mm
  • Illustrations:103 b/w
  • Language(s):English, French, Spanish
  • Publication Year:2014

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-55324-5
  • Hardback
  • Available


“In keeping with the Speculum Musicae series, the visual presentation of the text is elegant, with fine musical examples and tables, and clean reproductions of images and documents, and the finished product (in sewn hardcover binding) yields a rich, enjoyable experience for the reader. The many fascinating individual discussions that make up the volume offer (…) a panoramic view of European musical life as it developed through the activities of Liszt and his contemporaries, their surrounding critical response and the changes in repertoire and performance culture that resulted in part from them.” (Heather de Savage, in Nineteenth-Century Review, 2017, p. 4-5)


In 2011 the musical world celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt. Composer, itinerant piano virtuoso, organist and conductor, Liszt was one of the greatest protagonists in the vast and complex arena of nineteenth-century European music. The 17 contributions that make up the volume, by an array of international scholars, pay homage to the great Hungarian musician while producing insight into the musicians, repertoire, events and venues that inhabited contemporary musical life. The chapters are grouped according to four principal subjects: 1. Franz Liszt’s life and work: new evidence and perspectives; 2. Liszt’s influence on the European musical scene; 3. The musical journey of the xix-Century Europe; The ‘Sound’ of xix-Century Europe. The contributors to the volume are: Victoria Alemany, Nicolas Dufetel, Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, Francisco José Fernández Vicedo, David Gasche, Florence Gétreau, David Hurwitz, Sabine Koch, Mark Kroll, Ana Maria Liberal, Sandra Myers, Anne Penesco, Rui Pereira, Leon Plantinga, Siegwart Reichwald, Laure Schnapper, Renata Suchowiejko, Jeroen van Gessel.



Franz Liszt’s Life and Work: New Evidence and Perspectives

Nicolas Dufetel, Franz Liszt à Weimar d’après la correspondance inédite de Carl Alexander (1844-1861) – Florence Gétreau, 'Liszt am Klavier' (Vienne, 1840): Josef Danhauser et la construction d’un archétype de salon parisien – David Hurwitz, Liszt’s Transcriptions as Evidence of Intrinsic Vibrato in the 19th-Century Orchestra – Mark Kroll, On a Pedestal and Under the Microscope: The Arrangements of Beethoven Symphonies by Liszt and Hummel – Sandra Myers, What Is ‘Spanish’ about Liszt?

Liszt and the European Musical Scene

Victoria Alemany Ferrer, La estancia de Franz Liszt en España y su influencia sobre los conciertos de piano españoles celebrados durante la segunda mitad del siglo xix  – David Gasche, Johann Nepomuk Hummel et la conception d’une nouvelle identité sonore: la 'Parthia' en Mi! (1803) – Ana Maria Liberal & Rui Pereira, Liszt in the Case: The Repertoire of Virtuosi Visiting Porto in the Late 19th Century – Anne Penesco, Sonorités violonistiques à l’époque de Liszt

The Musical Journey: Phenomenology and Case Studies

Jeroen van Gessel, Tracing the ‘Sound of Europe’ through Nineteenth-Century Music Memoirs – Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, Phobie de l’estrade et sédentarité: Chopin - Alkan - Heller - Henselt – Leon Plantinga, Why the Virtuosi Stopped Playing – Laure Schnapper, Le développement des tournées: les voyages d’Henri Herz (1831-1851) – Renata Suchowiejko, Les violonistes virtuoses et la presse au xixe siècle: épistémologie d’une recherche a partir de l’exemple de Henryk Wieniawski

Virtuosos on Tour

Francisco José Fernández Vicedo, Ernesto Cavallini: un virtuoso clarinetista italiano en la España de mediados del siglo xix – Sabine Koch, Berlioz and the Listening Public: The Perspectives of a French Composer Touring Western Europe in the 19th Century – Siegwart Reichwald, Mendelssohn as Musical Ambassador: Bringing the World to a Concert Hall near You

Biographies – Index of Names