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The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt: Essays and Letters of a Traveling Bachelor of Music - The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt Volume 2 (Hardback)
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The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt: Essays and Letters of a Traveling Bachelor of Music - The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt Volume 2 (Hardback)

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Hardback 456 Pages / Published: 20/04/2012
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During his early years, Franz Liszt worked as a traveling piano virtuoso, his adventures highlighted by his entree into the literary world as a correspondent for the most popular French journals of his time. In this second volume of Janita Hall-Swadley's The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt, Liszt's work as a music essayist and journalist is on full display. In his essays, readers will see the influence of the revolutionary theories of Hugues-Felicite Robert de Lamennais, Victor Hugo, and Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand as Liszt boldly calls for social reforms on behalf of musicians and musical institutions, from demands for a repertoire of church music of divine praise to the timely publication of inexpensive music editions.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810882676
Number of pages: 456
Weight: 816 g
Dimensions: 233 x 160 x 37 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An English version of Ramann's translation is an important contribution to Liszt research as she not only completed the Gesammelte Schriften but also completed a biography of Liszt (between 1880 and 1894) that was informed directly by Liszt and Sayn-Wittgenstein. Access to her work gives English-speaking audiences insight into the ways in which Liszt wanted to be understood as a cultural subject and critic. Readers are also made aware of the professional quality of Ramann's work. Hall- Swadley champions Ramann's translation in comparison to the translation of the first volume of Liszt's writings completed by Marie Lipsius who used the pen name La Mara. ... Hall-Swadley's extensive sixty-page introduction provides a plethora of information to help the reader contextualize the production of the translation and topics Liszt discusses in the essays and letters. ... The end of the introduction includes a discussion of the translation process, which is helpful when considering that this collection is an English translation of a German translation of the French articles. Hall-Swadley provides a great deal of documentation for each essay and letter with specific comments on translation issues, helpful historical information and notes from Liszt, Ramann, and Maurice Schlesinger, the editor of the Gazette musicale. By altering typeface, Hall-Swadley makes it clear when voices other than Liszt's appear in the notes for the translations. ... This volume is a helpful resource for musicians and non-musicians alike. While providing an English version of Liszt's commentary on the state of artists and art during the 1830s, Hall-Swadley connects these writings to other important cultural figures, explains the impact Liszt's ideas had on the production and performance of music, and elucidates the rich collaboration between Liszt and Ramann. * Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association *
Janita R. Hall-Swadley's central goal with her new edition of The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt is to communicate the essential meaning of these essays as they were understood by late nineteenth-century readers. She accomplishes this in many ways. The edition succeeds in relating the contents of Liszt's writings... The inaugural volumes of Hall-Swadley's new English edition are a promising start to what will be a substantial and beneficial addition to Liszt scholarship. For non-German readers, the complete edition offers a fascinating look at the reception history in Germany of Liszt the composer, performer and, most importantly, public intellectual. * Music & Letters *

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