"On Sunday last, on the 26th of this month, at mid-day, nineyear- old Franz Liszt had the opportunity to introduce himself as a pianist to numerous members of the local high aristocracy and several self-proclaimed artists, at the home of the highborn Count Michael Esterházy. The exceptional skill of this young artist, and his ability to sight-read the most difficult pieces that were placed before him, excited universal admiration."
Städtische Preßburger Zeitung, 28 November 1820
Liszt’s historic birth house will commemorate his phenomenal career as a piano prodigy and explore the interesting question of how the son of a sheep farm overseer was able to develop his enormous talent.
The exhibition will therefore examine Liszt’s childhood and the influence of Adam Liszt on his son, as well as young Franz’s early musical successes, concerts and travels, and will present, for the first time, autograph documents relating to the history of the Liszt family.
Liszt’s first concerts in Sopron and Bratislava at the age of nine brought him glowing critiques and a scholarship. In 1822 the family moved to Vienna, where Liszt received music instruction. Soon Franz and his family moved to Paris, where “le petit Litz” became the darling of Paris society. The young prodigy also took London by storm. The once sickly child became a star, managed by an ambitious father who promoted “the wunderkind“ as a successful enterprise.
Among the exhibits being displayed is a pianoforte built by Joseph Dohnal, similar to the instrument upon which young Liszt learned to play, as well as a portrait of the prodigy at the piano.
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