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Chapter 28 - Critics

from Part IV - Reception and Legacy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 September 2021

Joanne Cormac
Affiliation:
University of Nottingham
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This chapter considers both Liszt as critic and the critics who commented on Liszt favourably and unfavourably. The discussion will focus on the critical milieux of France and Germany, the two regions where he engaged most actively as a cultural force and thus generated the most substantial criticism by and about him. As a critic and writer on music, Liszt both absorbed the literature of his times (and the past) and struck off in his own direction. Initially, as virtuoso, he enjoyed the admiration of the press, but when he ventured forth as composer of large-scale works, the opponents of the New German School became vocal critics of his musical innovations. At the time of his death, the war of words between the progress-minded New Germans and the conservative opposition continued, nevertheless, with the battles shifted to Wagner and his music dramas in Bayreuth.

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Liszt in Context , pp. 258 - 270
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Critics
  • Edited by Joanne Cormac, University of Nottingham
  • Book: Liszt in Context
  • Online publication: 23 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108378253.033
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  • Edited by Joanne Cormac, University of Nottingham
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  • Online publication: 23 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108378253.033
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  • Critics
  • Edited by Joanne Cormac, University of Nottingham
  • Book: Liszt in Context
  • Online publication: 23 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108378253.033
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