DANTAN, Jean-Pierre
(b. 1800, Paris, d. 1869, Baden-Baden)

Liszt Playing the Piano

Gypsum, height 21 cm
Musée Carnavalet, Paris

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist and teacher. He became renowned throughout Europe for his great skill as a performer; to this day, many consider him to have been the greatest pianist in history. He was also an important and influential composer, a notable piano teacher, a conductor who contributed significantly to the modern development of the art, and a benefactor to other composers and performers, notably Richard Wagner and Hector Berlioz.

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