Correspondence of Franz Liszt and the Comtesse Marie D'Agoult
Franz Liszt's correspondence with the Comtesse Marie d'Agoult, herself a celebrated historian and the mother of Liszt's three children, has only recently been made available in anything like respectable...
Franz Liszt's correspondence with the Comtesse Marie d'Agoult, herself a celebrated historian and the mother of Liszt's three children, has only recently been made available in anything like respectable form. A decade ago French scholar Serge Gut, together with Jacqueline Bellas, published a definitive edition of the surviving Liszt-d'Agoult letters, thereby replacing the heavily edited and incomplete edition of the 1830s. Working closely with Gut, MichaelShort has translated the entire correspondence into English, adding new footnotes and references in the process. The bulk of the translated correspondence, containing more than 400 of the letters, will soon be available in an edition from Pendragon Press. As such, it will join Pauline Pocknell's edition of the Liszt-Agnes Street-Klindworth letters and Short?s own edition of Liszt letters in the Library of Congress as No. 12 in Pendragon's Franz Liszt Studies Series edited by Michael Saffle.
"Franz Liszt (October 22, 1811 - July 31, 1886) was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, teacher and Franciscan tertiary. Comtesse Marie D'Agou was a celebrated French historian and the mother of Liszt's three children. Michael Short has translated and edited for publication more than 400 letters between Franz Liszt and Marie D'Agou. The result is a remarkable 400 page compendium that is a unique and invaluable contribution to students of Liszt, his life and his work. No personal , professional, or academic collection dedicated to Liszt's life and achievements can be considered complete without the inclusion of the Pendragon Press edition of Michael Short's ''Correspondence of Franz Liszt and the Comtesse Marie D'Agou''. Also strongly recommended for students of Liszt's life and work is Michael Short's ''The Letters Of Liszt In The Collections Of The Library Of Congress''." THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW, The Music Shelf Oct. 2013'