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Joanne Cormac releases new book - Liszt in Context

A book cover for Liszt in Context, edited by Joanne Cormac, shows a painting of a city in soft, yellow sunlight.

Joanne Cormac (University of Nottingham) has released a new book on Hungarian Composer Franz Liszt 

About the book

Liszt in Context explores the political, social, philosophical and professional currents that surrounded Franz Liszt and illuminates the competing forces that influenced his music. Liszt was immersed in the religious, political and cultural debates of his day, and moved between institutions, places, and social circles with ease. All of this makes for a rich contextual tapestry against which Liszt composed some of the most iconic, popular, and also contentious music of the nineteenth century. His significance and astonishing reach cannot be over-stated, and his presence in nineteenth-century European culture, and his continuing influence into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, are overwhelming. The focus on context, reception, and legacy that this volume provides reveals the multifaceted nature of Liszt's impact during his lifetime and beyond.


Joanne has also writted a blog about the book which you can read here 


Posted on Thursday 4th November 2021

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