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Franz Liszt

James Huneker

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. . .ove no exception may be taken except the reference to the B-minor Scherzo as possibly having been suggested by Liszt. For me it is most characteristic of Chopin in its perverse,[77] even morbid, ironical humour, its original figuration; who but Chopin could have conceived that lyrical episode! Liszt, doubtless, was the first who introduced interlocking octaves instead of the chromatic scale at the close; Tausig followed his example. But there the matter ended. Once when Chopin heard that Liszt intended to write an account of his concerts for the Gazette Musicale, he said: "He will give me a little kingdom in his empire." This remark casts much illumination on the relations of the two men. Liszt was the broader minded of the two; Chopin, as Niecks points out, forgave but never forgot.



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Community Reviews

This biography was written in 1911, merely twenty-five years after Liszt's death. Consequently Mr. Huneker was able to interview many personal friends and colleagues of the pianists who were still living.

This is not a biography in the normal sense. Huneker does not write about Liszt's life in a chro