Liszt’s Mania

I think people have a right to know what the term “Lisztomania” actually means. And yes, we all know it’s a very good Phoenix song.

“Lisztomania”: a term used to describe the intense fan frenzy directed toward Franz Liszt during his performances. This frenzy first occurred in Berlin in 1841 and was later coined by Heinrich Hine when discussing the 1844 Parisian concert season. Lisztomania was characterized by intense levels of hysteria demonstrated by fans. (Thank you Wikipedia.)

Here’s the YouTube of “Un Sospiro” written by Liszt and played ever so tenderly by Marc-Andre Hamelin.


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