| probably just think you can
||[Feb. 5th, 2009|04:24 pm]
Okay, we all knew Franz Liszt was 4Real. But reading through some of his letters today to amuse myself (yes, shut up, I think this is fun) I came across immediate proof. Oh god, this is so hilarious and awesome, 21 year old Liszt in the throes of post-Paganini-concert joy, writing to some friend of his:
Paris, May 2nd 
Here is a whole fortnight that my mind and fingers have been working like two lost spirits, Homer, the Bible, Plato, Locke, Byron, Hugo, Lamartine, Chateaubriand, Beethoven, Bach, Hummel, Mozart, Weber, are all around me. I study them, meditate on them, devour them with fury; besides this I practice four to five hours of exercises (3rds, 6ths, 8ths, tremolos, repetition of notes, cadences, etc., etc.). Ah! provided I don't go mad, you will find an artist in me! Yes, an artist such as you desire, such as is required nowadays!
"And I too am a painter!" cried Michael Angelo the first time he beheld a chef d'oeuvre...Though insignificant and poor, your friend cannot leave off repeating those words of the great man ever since Paganini's last performance. Rene, what a man, what a violin, what an artist! Heavens! what sufferings, what misery, what tortures in those four strings!
Here are a few of his characteristics:--
[Figure: Liszt here writes down several tiny excerpts from musical scores of Paganini's violin music, such as his famous "Caprices"]
As to his expression, his manner of phrasing, his very soul in fact!----
At which point he breaks off and returns to the letter six days later. Ha! Oh you...
( click me for an extremely Romantic picture of the culprit )
Shinyhair and TORTURES. Wow. So 4Real, dude.
God, that made my day. Proving once more that all it takes is a little Franz. Whichever Franz! It's all good!
He's so my dead boyfriend. You don't even know. And it just gets better from there. These letters are MADE OF WIN. There are some written with Chopin (hilarious!) and to Berlioz, Schumann, etc., and... oh sweet Jesus. Seriously.
(Also: I love all the shit he did with Paganini's Caprices. That made the above-quoted letter extra awesome.)