Perhaps the greatest pianist who has ever lived, Liszt was one of the titanic musical figures of the Romantic age. This biography explores an enthralling life lived for long periods in France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the composer’s native Hungary—a kaleidoscope of cultural worlds whose folk music, literature and landscapes richly coloured Liszt’s own music.
About the Author
A composer, writer and classical music journalist, Malcolm Hayes studied music at Edinburgh University, graduating in 1974. He then lived in the Outer Hebridean islands of Scotland for several years, working mainly in the local weaving industry, before moving to London. From 1986 to 2005 he was a music critic on the Sunday and Daily Telegraph newspapers. His other books include a biography of Webern and the centenary edition of Walton’s Selected Letters. He is a passionate follower of English cricket, and of Ferrari motor-racing.