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Franz Liszt

Born: 1811. Died: 1886. Lived in: Hungary

Liszt was born in the village of Doborjan, near Sopron, Hungary, in what was then the Austrian Empire (Doborjan is now Raiding in Austria after the Treaty of Trianon of 1920). His baptism record is in Latin and lists his first name as Franciscus. The Hungarian variant Ferenc is often used, though Liszt never used this himself. His father, Adam Liszt, was Hungarian and his mother was Austrian-born Anna Liszt, nee Lagen.

Liszt displayed incredible talent at a young age, easily sight-reading multiple staves at once. His father, who worked at the court of Count Esterhazy, gave him his first music lessons when he was six years old. Local aristocrats noticed his talent and enabled him to travel to Vienna and later to Paris with his family. As a result, Liszt never fully learned Hungarian; his later letters and diaries show that he came to regret this deeply. One letter to his mother begins in faltering Hungarian, and after an apology continues in French (his preferred language).

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Honved Ensemble Male Choir : Liszt: Choral Works For Male Voices : 1 CD : 31923

Honved Ensemble Male Choir : Liszt: Choral Works For Male Voices

The talented Hungarian choral group Honved Ensemble Male Choir" brings us a rare treat, choral works written for male voices by Ferenc Liszt (1811-1886). First of the 7 movements are the dramatic "Les Quatre Elemens," written for the poems by Joseph Autran, and first performed in 1844 with piano accompaniment by Liszt, "Titan," written in Berlin in 1842 and based on the Franz von Schober poem, the politically controversial "Arbeitercho/A Munka Himnusza," and the heroic "Le Forgeron," (the Blacksmith) based on the Lamennais's poem. This is moving, all accompanied, passionately-sung music that stirs and touches us still, across the centuries!

Songlist: Les Quatre Elemens (J. Autran), Titan (Fr. Von Schober), Arbeiterchor (Ph. Kaufmann), Le Forgeron (E de Lamennais)

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7549c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella

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