The exhibition marks the 170th anniversary of Franz Liszt's performance in the Knight's Hall of the Maribor castle. The exhibition is the result of the cooperation between our museum with the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum and Research Centre from Budapest and the Burgenland Regional Museum from Eisenstadt.
The opening of the exhibition will be accompanied by a fifty-minute concert of the piano player Tatjana Ognjatovič.
Franz Liszt is considered the greatest piano player of his time. He was born in Raiding in Burgenland in the year 1811. He underwent his musical education by Carl Cherny and Antonio Salieri. As an eleven years old boy, he gave a concert in Vienna, which opened him the doors to the musical stages of Europe of that time. He lived in the times of the Romanticism, the national awakening, and the ascent of the bourgeoisie. These were the times when the intimacy of the Baroque salons was exchanged by the public life of the theatre, when the bourgeois finesse, prudence, and sensitivity were inflamed by the talent of the young virtuoso.
Liszt came to Styria from Vienna in the year 1846 at the invitation of Eduard von Lannoy. He held his first concert in the city of Graz on the 14th of June, two days later at 7.00 p.m., he performed in the Knights’ Hall of the Maribor castle. According to the reports of the local historian and publicist Rudolf Gustav Puff, people came from all parts of Styria and also from Croatia to visit the concert of the “divine giant among piano players”. His concert tour then led Liszt back to Graz and from there he returned to Vienna. He revisited Styria on the 25th of July when he played at the traditional Anna’s ball in the town of Rogaška Slatina. He continued his journey to the city of Zagreb and then once again to Vienna via Hungary. In September of the same year, he set off to Constantinople and reached the city in the year 1874.The exhibition will be opened for visitors from June 2016 until December 2017 at the Regional Museum Maribor.