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Franz Liszt

Liszt – citizen of the world and icon – and associated with Thuringia in a particular way. Together with Johann Sebastian Bach, he was the outstanding musician in the central German cultural region. As a phenomenal pianist, as a conductor and as a composer, as a teacher and a musical organiser, he dominated local musical life in the mid-19th century and exercised a wide-reaching influence, in both geographical and chronological terms.
 
The focus of his activities in Thuringia was Weimar, which he made into a musical centre of European standing in the 1850s, taking up the heritage of Goethe and Beethoven, Schiller and Herder.  But in other Thuringian towns too, he, his students and the works of the “New German School” that he headed had a great influence, particularly in Eisenach, Sondershausen, Jena, Erfurt and Meiningen.

Liszt Biennale Thuringia 2019

Liszt Biennale Thuringia 2019

The Liszt Biennale is held every two years around the Whitsun weekend in Thuringia. Under the motto 'Pain and Passion' the programme from 5 to 10 June 2019 includes concerts in Weimar, Sondershausen, Meiningen or Erfurt as well as a performance of Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser opera at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach.

Information on the events of the 2019 Liszt Biennale
Liszt House in Weimar

Liszt House in Weimar

Since the late 1900s the house has been a special place to visit for all fans of the composer. In the 'bel étage' rooms, memories of Liszt's final years are still alive.

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Wartburg Castle Eisenach

Wartburg Castle Eisenach

A visit of Wartburg Castle inspired Franz Liszt to write 'The Legends of St. Elisabeth'. The oratorio was first performed here on 28 August 1867, conducted by the composer himself.

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Meiningen - Cultural Centre between Weimar and Bayreuth

Meiningen - Cultural Centre between Weimar and Bayreuth

The formal ducal residence town was once a centre of art and music of European standing. A permanent exhibition at Elisabethenburg castle presents among other things music history that was written here and that includes great names such as Richard Strauss, Max Reger, Johannes Brahms and Franz Liszt.

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Residence Palace Sondershausen

Residence Palace Sondershausen

In the 1800s the Sondershausen court orchestra, today's Loh Orchestra, was among the most renowned in Central Europe. It contributed decisively to making the music of Franz Liszt popular. The tradition lives on in the palace, which serves as the glamorous venue for many music events throughout the year.

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Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar

Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar

The university is among the top music institutions of Europe and indebted to the legacy of Franz Liszt. The composer had fought for a school of music in Weimar since 1837, but it was his pupil Carl Muellerhartung which made his dream come true in 1872.

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