The reassessment of Liszt's reputation should get a boost from this thoughtful defense which combines a decorous, but not...

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The reassessment of Liszt's reputation should get a boost from this thoughtful defense which combines a decorous, but not entirely humorless, look at his flamboyant life with due appreciation of his influence as the virtual creator of the solo piano recital. In addition to viewing both Liszt's notorious escapades and his much maligned mistress the Princess Wittgenstein, in a sympathetic light, Walker corrects popular misconceptions about Liszt's advocacy of ""programme music"" and discusses his debt to Paganini, his influence on the sonata form and (extending the kind of comparisons provided in Schonberg's The Great Pianists) clarifies the importance of Liszt's emphasis on interpretation in an age almost obsessed by the mechanics of technique. The musical examples are easy enough for intermediate students to play themselves, and Liszt emerges as both a performer and a personality of unexpected complexity.

Pub Date: Jan. 22, 1973

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Publisher: T.Y. Crowell

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1973