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The Virtuoso Liszt

The Virtuoso Liszt

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  • Author: Dana Gooley, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio
  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521108720

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  • How does Franz Liszt's career compare when viewed from the perspective of European cultural history? This book examines how Liszt's contemporaries perceived and interpreted his significance. Dana Gooley explains why the cultural context of his concert career contributed to his unprecedented popularity and focuses on controversies provoked by Liszt in the press. Gooley includes many new insights about his highly original performing style.

    • Examines concert reviews of Liszt in unprecedented depth
    • Provides a view of Liszt's career not possible in biographies
    • Places Liszt's concert career in its historical context
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    "Gooley uses a huge quantity of contemporaneous reviews, comments, and public relations along with more recent accounts, with the goal of illuminating Liszt's changing public persona...fresh and thought-provoking." CHOICE

    "engaging...a responsible piece of historical and interpretative writing, a valuable contribution to our understanding of Liszt and the forces that made his remarkable career possible." - Times Literary Supplement

    "THe Virtuoso Liszt serves as the needed corrective to the traditional one-dimensional narrative about Liszt's virtuoso years, and it is eminently readable. Through carefully chosen, heavily documented, and sagely interpreted case studies, Dana Gooley has opened windows for our understanding not only of Liszt, but also of the times and places in which he worked." --Journal of the American Musicological Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521108720
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 2 tables 10 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on periodical citations
    Introduction: A virtuoso in context
    1. Liszt, Thalberg, and the Parisian publics
    2. Warhorses: virtuosity, violence, and the cult of Napoleon
    3. The cosmopolitan as nationalist
    4. Liszt and the German nation, 1840–43
    5. Anatomy of 'Lisztomania': the Berlin episode
    Works cited.

  • Author

    Dana Gooley, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio
    Dana Gooley is Assistant Professor of Music at the Case Western Reserve University, Ohio. He has presented numerous papers on virtuosity and on issues of gender and music, and has published in the journals 19th Century Music and the Journal of the American Liszt Society. Dana Gooley is also an accomplished pianist who plays in jazz clubs and concerts halls around the world.

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