If it isn’t Rachmaninoff, then it is Liszt, or Chopin, or Shostakovich, or Rubenstein. Mostly after Rachmaninoff is surely Liszt. I felt most recently that I was listening and playing too much Rachmaninoff, I felt that I was blinding myself musically (if that is such a thing) somewhat but nevertheless. It’s something that I am quite guilty of.
There hasn’t been a piece of music in a while that has effected me in such a way that Liszt has. We all know that Liszt was one of the most virtuosic pianists of his day, and is regarded as an innovator of music. Because of him, pianos are now at the side when being showcased in a concert and how as he puts it himself, the prolific role of the conductor:
The principal task of a conductor is not to put himself in evidence but to disappear behind his functions as much as possible. We are pilots, not servants.
Liszt once regarded the many famous conductors of the day as conducting like a windmill: droning and of servitude to the orchestra. Liszt innovated the role of conductor, showing that conducting is not a role of being a show off towards the audience of a meaningless pont but rather as a the captain, in charge of directing the music towards its objective of being resolute.
Liszt embodied the feel of many composers of the Classical Era, but put his little twist of Romanticism using many folk elements and many elements from poetry plus his virtuosic pianism to create sounds of magic that have tested time and time again. It was in his style that greatly influenced the music of other Romantic Greats like Debussy, and Romantic Overdoer Wagner, haha. Ah Wagner, the only person crazy enough to overdo the Romantic Period by having a Harp Batallion and a String Batallion fight musically to the death. I’m going to shut up for now. In the meantime, Listen to some Liszt, played by Lisitsa!