Thursday, February 9, 2017

Franz Liszt and the Countess Marie d'Agoult

All month long, Clef Notes looks at famous love stories among classical composers. Last time, we discussed Frederic Chopin’s relationship with novelist George Sand. The couple received their introduction from good friends Franz Liszt and the Countess Marie d’Agoult.

Franz Liszt
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Franz Liszt was known to attract women. A piano virtuoso, people flocked to his recitals like fans flock to rock concerts today. While he had numerous affairs throughout his life, today we will focus on his relations with the Countess Marie d’Agoult. The couple first met in 1834 and it wasn’t long after this that the countess made the decision to leave her husband, Col. Charles d’Agoult, who was very much her senior. She bore three children for Liszt, including the famous Cosima who later married Richard Wagner. 

Countess Marie d'Agoult
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Liszt and the Countess remained a couple for several years. In 1839, Liszt’s frequent travels as a virtuoso began to take its toll on their relationship. In 1844, the couple separated permanently.

Next week, it’s Valentine’s Day! Check out a special playlist that’s all about love and then learn about one of the most famous love stories in music history!


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