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Hungarians in the World - Liszt and Europe 1

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Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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Born in Doborján in Hungary, he studied in Vienna, lived in Paris, found his true self in Italy, travelled the entire European continent as a concert artist, from Lisbon to Saint Petersburg and from Dublin to Istanbul, and divided the last part of his life between three cities - Rome, Weimar and Budapest. There is hardly a more European musician than Franz Liszt, and the concert seeks to answer the question of how European tradition is reflected in Liszt's music.

Franz Liszt was a true omnivore in the intellectual sense: he was interested in literature, the fine arts and, above all, music, but his Europeanism and Hungarianism were influenced not only by the arts, but also by the political life of the 19th century so rich in revolutions. At the concert, moderated by Szilveszter Szélpál and with expert assistance from musicologist Gergely Fazekas, we attempt to find traces of these influences in Liszt's music, whilst also seeking answers to questions such as how social conditions were reflected in the symphonic works of the era, what the struggle with fate meant for Beethoven and Berlioz and what Liszt learned from all of this. However, we also look at specific musical phenomena, such as how a single motif can be used to create an entire masterpiece, and how various musical tricks can be used to disguise the fact that a symphonic poem is, in reality, based on a single three-note musical idea. The Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Erkel Prize-winning composer-conductor Ilona Dobszay-Meskó.

Age: 9-16 year
Presented by: Müpa Budapest


  • Ilona Dobszay-Meskó
  • expert
    Gergely Fazekas
  • moderator
    Szilveszter Szélpál
  • Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra

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