|A signed photograph of Franz Liszt in
old age, taken by J. Ganz, in Brussels.
The Liszt Collection, which was purchased
from the collector Kálmán Antos, contains over
three hundred printed works by and about Franz Liszt (1811–1886),
the Hungarian composer and pianist who created the symphonic
poem and reformed modern piano technique. Most of the books
are in English, French or German, with a few in Hungarian.
In addition, there are over two hundred periodical articles
and clippings about Liszt. Most important are the first editions
of Liszt’s own compositions and his transcriptions of
works by Schubert, Beethoven, Wagner, Rossini and Bellini,
among others, dating from 1824 to 1885. These number about
sixty-five and are supplemented by later editions of his scores,
his biography of Chopin in various editions, as well as volumes
of his letters. Secondary sources include biographical and
musical works about him, novels and plays in which he appears
as a character, and works by and about his contemporaries.
Manuscript materials include fragments of several Liszt scores
and three letters from him. Photographs, posters and programs
for Liszt concerts, caricatures, and various commemorative
items contribute to making this collection a rich source of
study on the composer and his musical influence.