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György Ligeti

György Ligeti

György Ligeti. Richard Toop. Phaidon Press. 1999. ISBN 0714837954 (paperback).
This biography discusses György Ligeti's work within the context of the political and cultural history of post-war Europe and places him at the forefront of musical change and innovation during this period.
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Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt, Volume 1: The Virtuoso Years, 1811-1847
Franz Liszt, Volume 1: The Virtuoso Years, 1811-1847. Alan Walker. Cornell University Press. 1988. ISBN 0801494214 (paperback).
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Franz Liszt, Volume 2: The Weimar Years, 1848-1861. Alan Walker. Cornell University Press. 1993. ISBN 0801497213 (paperback).
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Franz Liszt, Volume 3: The Final Years, 1861-1886. Alan Walker. Cornell University Press. 1997. ISBN 0394525426 (hardcover), 0801484537 (paperback).
This biography of nineteenth-century composer/pianist Franz Liszt by reknown musicologist Alan Walker follows the composer's life in intimate detail. Through painstaking scholarship accessing rare documentary evidence, it is the first in-depth and thorough account of Liszt's triumphant and tragic life. Read the Classical Net Review of this book.

Liszt. Derek Watson. Oxford University Press. 2000. ISBN 0198164998 (paperback).
Describes Liszt's life in detail in an historical context. Approximately half of the volume is dedicated to a thorough biography. The second half addresses his music in detail, as well as a description of Liszt's technique and teaching methods, explains the musical language, lists and describes all of his works by using excerpts from various works in separate chapters. Useful to all music lovers, it is especially valuable for those with a background in music.

Franz Liszt: Selected Letters. Franz Liszt, with Adrian Williams (translator). Clarendon Press. 1999. ISBN 0198166885 (hardcover).

Correspondence of Wagner & Liszt. Franz & Richard Wagner Liszt, with Francis Hueffer (translator) & William Ashton Ellis (Editor). Haskell House Publishing Ltd. 1968. ISBN 0838303161 (hardcover).
Reprint edition in two volumes with library binding. This famed correspondence is full of valuable material for the musical life of the time. New Edition Revised by W. Ashton Ellis.

Liszt. Klara Hamburger. Da Capo Press. 1987. ISBN 0306796619 (hardcover).
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