The Life and Works of Liszt by Jeremy Siepmann
Oh Franz, when are you going to come back to life as a young man and come play the piano for me…and other stuff?
Franz Liszt was the musical player, in more than one meaning of the word, back in the day. He composed music that nobody else could really dream up. He started out his life studying from other music masters and soon developed his own music. It was magical and whimsical.
Soon, Liszt started attracting the women, lots of them, including married women. Franz had three children with a married woman and then started dating a princess. One of his daughters went on to marry Wagner, the composer.
What I liked
This was an audio book, but it was really well done. There was music, Franz’s music. It was like listening to a documentary. It was pretty great. Some of the music is very beautiful and I enjoyed it.
I liked learning some more about Franz’s life. He was a player, but he was also a very talented man. I have dreams of having a grand piano one day and hanging his picture above it.
What I didn’t like
I have some moral objections to Franz, which really has nothing to do with this book, although, this book does showcase his extra-relationship behavior. Franz had babies all over Europe. If it was a woman and it was good-looking, Franz probably slept with it. He was almost the equivalent of the Beatles, which Girls screamed at. If girls screamed at musicians back in the day, they would have screamed at Franz.
I don’t like the fact that Franz was a player. I don’t like that he slept with just about every woman who walked by, even if she was married. He even slept with other women when he was in a relationship with a woman.
Look, unless you have a special arrangement, and it goes two ways, you don’t have permission to sleep with anyone else besides the person you’re in a relationship with. Also, if someone else is married to someone else, you shouldn’t sleep with them. End of story. Franz did actually have a special arrangement with at least one of his women, so the extra women there is a little less deplorable.
I find cheating in a relationship deplorable. I doubt I could forgive that if it happened to me. Franz was a musical genius, but that doesn’t give him the right to be a cheating ho. Yes, I am probably the only person in history to call Franz Liszt a cheating ho, but, he kind of deserves it.
Franz you were a beautiful genius, but you should have kept it in your pants.
Is a historical genius to be admired less because he or she had no morality?
Are you a fan of Franz?