The exhibition in Unterfrauenhaid, where Liszt was baptised, will focus on Liszt’s baptism and the myth surrounding his birth.
In 1811, the year of Franz Liszt’s birth, Raiding was a small village without a church of its own, and so the newborn was baptised in the neighbouring village of Unterfrauenhaid at the parish church. The original baptismal font and parish registers are still preserved there today.
According to the Liszt family legend, a “Gypsy” predicted to the pregnant Anna Liszt, in connection with the appearance of the Great Comet of 1811, that she was to bear a son who would achieve greatness.
The exhibition is based on the authenticity of the church setting, which conveys an impression of the deep religiousness that Franz Liszt absorbed from his parents from an early age. An audio installation of Liszt’s St. Francis Legends will transform the church into an atmospheric listening space.
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