Viral Virtuosity

On 12 November 1841 it was still dark, hours before sunrise, when Franz Liszt entered the city of Osnabrück in Lower Saxony. His watch had just turned 6:00 a.m. when he arrived at his local hotel and took a three hours’ nap before breakfast. In the afternoon, he improvised a matinée performance at the home of a local citizen and in the evening he gave a public concert at 7 p.m. Very early next morning he continued to Bielefeld where he gave a solo recital the same day, on 13 November. This rhythm of life was typical of Franz Liszt, the virtuoso who was known as ‘a dazzling wizard, a showman and superman of the keyboard’.

This is my visualization on Liszt’s hectic concert tours during his Glanzperiode n 1839–1847.

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