How tumultuous was the applause which greeted him! Bouquets were thrown at his feet! It was a grand sight to see how calmly he, in his triumph, let the bouquets of flowers rain upon him and then finally, gracefully smiling, placed a red camellia, which he had plucked from one of the bouquets, in his button-hole. Thus I thought, thus I explained Lisztomania to myself.
Heinrich Heine, Essays II
To mark the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt’s birth, exhibitions at a number of venues in Eisenstadt and central Burgenland – some of them unique original locations – will be devoted to the life and work of the great composer. Taken as a whole, the exhibitions will present a picture of the important phases in the composer’s life and provide insights into a dazzling, complex personality: prodigy and piano virtuoso, star performer and heartthrob, composer and renewer of music, European, free thinker and clergyman.
“Le petit Litz” – Origins of a GeniusThe Liszt House in Raiding will commemorate the young virtuoso at the beginning of his phenomenal career as a piano prodigy: Liszt’s origins, his relationship with his father and his first concert tours, are the themes of this exhibition module.
Child Prodigy Liszt – Baptism and ProphecyThe Unterfrauenhaid Parish Church will stage Liszt’s baptism and the myth that surrounds his birth: a Gypsy predicted the event in the wake of the Great Comet of 1811. For the duration of the exhibition, the church will be transformed into an atmospheric listening space.
Lisztomania – The Wizard at the PianoThe Museum of the Province of Burgenland will focus on the main theme “Lisztomania”. The exhibition module encompasses the years 1838 to 1847, during which Liszt acquired a reputation as the greatest piano virtuoso of all time as he cast his spell over the public (especially women) in concert performances throughout Europe.
Franz Liszt – Pioneer and Kapellmeister ExtraordinaireThe exhibition module at Haydn House Eisenstadt, which encompasses the years 1848 to 1860, illustrates Liszt’s importance as Kapellmeister Extraordinaire at the Weimar court and seeks parallels with Haydn’s role as the court Kapellmeister of Prince Esterházy.
Vivat Liszt!Finally, at the Gallery of the Province of Burgenland, Lisztomania 2011 © will put the spotlight on the 21st century. Works being created by numerous European artists on the theme of Liszt in the context of the eu-art-network’s Symposium 2010 at the Cselley Mühle in Oslip will be exhibited at the Gallery in January.
Free-Mason-WorkThe MUBA-Museum for building culture will focus on the topic "Liszt as a feemason".
Franz Liszt. The Weimar SoundThe Franz Liszt concert hall in Raiding will complete the topic with an exhibition of historic instruments.
Dr. Wolfgang Kuzmits (Managing Director)
Theresia Gabriel (Exhibition Design)
Dr. Gerhard Winkler (Exhibition Conception)
A-7000 Eisenstadt, Burgenland
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