Published on the Tibor Szasz Forum for Pianists page, on July 18, 2021. If you want to know how the Story Behind series started, I give details in “Story Behind” Series #1″.
Tibor Szasz posted:
Liszt – a stunning presence!
Story behind the picture:
This photo is part of the series of pictures taken by Louis Held in Weimar in January 1884. A few months later, from May 23 to 28, 1884, Held was the official photographer of the Tonkünstlerversammlung (Music Society Conference) in Weimar. It was the 25th anniversary of the Allgemeine Deutsche Musikverein, and Liszt was the honorary president. Of course, many of his students and friends appear on this picture. A few days later, in June 1884, Held took the famous picture of Liszt sitting at his writing desk in his living room. In October 1884, Held took the famous group picture of Liszt surrounded by his students, that was taken on the occasion of his birthday. Someone made a colorized version of this picture that I quite like. I am adding the picture to this post.