MET FRANZ LISZT EN MARIE D’AGOULT OVER DE ALPEN –
[WITH FRANZ LISZT AND MARIE D’AGOULT OVER THE ALPS – A TRAVELOGUE]
Franz Liszt, the most famous pianist of the 19th century, living and working in different countries of Europe, travelled that continent like few others. He is rightly called ‘the first European’. In recent decades I have visited many places where my idol stayed for a longer or shorter period of time and have written about them in various publications. I also traced the journey that Franz Liszt and Marie d’Agoult made through Switzerland in the summer of 1835, based on notes in Liszt’s Agenda 1835 and Marie d’Agoult’s Mémoires. As both Liszt’s Agenda and Marie d’Agoult’s diary excerpt Le voyage en Suisse have only recently been published, there is virtually nothing to be found in the Liszt literature about this adventurous hike of the then 23-year-old pianist and his mistress. This travelogue therefore fills a gap in the biography of both the famous pianist-composer and the gifted writer on the one hand, but on the other hand tells of my own experiences and discoveries. This booklet, which is published under the auspices of the Dutch Franz Liszt Kring [Franz Liszt Circle], thus falls somewhere between a musicological study and a ‘holiday diary’; there is a continuous switch between past and present. This also applies to the illustrations: in addition to a large number of holiday photos, various historical images have been included that give an impression of the situation as encountered by Franz Liszt and Marie d’Agoult. As in a documentary, everything is revealed; the reader is, as it were, invited to follow in the lovers’ footsteps and take a look at everything for himself.
The language is Dutch, but at the back of the book there is a generous English summary (calendar).
© 2021 AB Music Productions & Editions, The Hague.
Printed with BRAVE NEW BOOKS, Amsterdam (print-on-demand edition).
Paperback; 108 pages; with 93 full colour images.