Secrets of the 19th Century’s Hottest Piano Superstar

What can Taylor and Beyonce learn from Franz Liszt?

George Dillard
Teatime History
Published in
9 min readMay 11, 2024

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An audience loses its collective mind at a Liszt concert, 1842 (public domain)

Amadeus is one of my favorite movies, and I’m liable to lose 2 1/2 hours of my life whenever I come across it on a streaming service. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s the story of Mozart, who the movie portrays as a young virtuoso with so much talent that he doesn’t quite know…

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