When Liszt took up his post at Weimar, he found a small orchestra of well-qualified musicians waiting for him. Liszt added new instruments to this ensemble. His predilection for flamboyance in musical sound also manifested itself in his imaginative orchestral works and the development of new sound colours.
His “New German” orchestral sound brought innovations: a new type of construction was developed for the flute; horns and trumpets were given valves that made it possible to play chromatic passages; the ophicleide used by Mendelssohn and Berlioz was replaced by the newly invented tuba. Liszt also adopted the harp, an instrument already in use by Berlioz.
Liszt’s dark, velvety orchestral sound can only be heard in its full beauty when his works are played in the original instrumentation.
The exhibition presents important original instruments from the 19th century, which were demonstrably used in orchestras conducted by Franz Liszt. The instruments are in good condition and most of them will be played in the orchestral concerts.
Prof. Martin Haselböck
Prof. Hermann Ebner
A-7321 Raiding, Burgenland
Tel.: +43 2619-51407 | Fax: DW 22