Sunday, March 7, 2010

this morning

Listening to Orpheus by Franz Liszt in honor of the UE on her birthday.

1 comment:

theue said...

thank you e. it was a lovely day. glad to have shared the introduction.

here's some more fun things:

After 1842 "Lisztomania" swept across Europe. The reception Liszt enjoyed as a result can only be described as hysterical. Women fought over his silk handkerchiefs and velvet gloves, which they ripped to shreds as souvenirs. Helping fuel this atmosphere was the artist's mesmeric personality and stage presence. Many witnesses later testified that Liszt's playing raised the mood of audiences to a level of mystical ecstasy.