Correspondence of Franz Liszt and the Comtesse Marie D’Agoult


Michael Saffle
August 29, 2013

448 pp.

2 illustrations

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Franz LisztпїЅs correspondence with the Comtesse Marie dпїЅAgoult, herself a celebrated historian and the mother of LisztпїЅs three children, has only recently been made available in anything like respectable form. A decade ago French scholar Serge Gut, together with Jacqueline Bellas, published a пїЅdefinitiveпїЅ edition of the surviving Liszt-dпїЅAgoult letters, thereby replacing the heavily edited and incomplete edition of the 1830s.


Working closely with Gut, Michael Short has translated the entire correspondence into English. adding new footnotes and references in the process.


The bulk of the translated correspondence containing more than 400 of the letters will soon be available in an edition from Pendragon Press. As such it will join Pauline PocknellпїЅs edition of the Liszt-Agnes Street-Klindworth Letters and ShortпїЅs own edition of Liszt letters in the Library of Congress as No. 12 in PendragonпїЅs “Franz Liszt Studies Series” edited by Michael Saffle.


Michael Saffle:


Completed his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1977 and has taught music and humanities at Virginia Tech since 1978; in 1993 he was promoted to the rank of Professor. His publications include Franz Liszt: A Guide to Research (revised and republished by Routledge in 2004 and again in 2009) as well as articles and reviews in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Acta Musicologica, Notes, the Journal of Musicological Research, the Programmhefte of BayreuthпїЅs annual Wagner Festival, Asian Music, Music & Letters, and the Leonardo Music Journal. In addition to fellowships from the Humboldt Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, Saffle held the 2000-2001 Bicentennial Fulbright Professorship of American Studies at the University of HelsinkiпїЅa пїЅEuropean Distinguished Chair.пїЅ In 2008 he also held the Au Yeung King Fong research fellowship at Hong Kong Baptist University. As a teacher Saffle has three times won Virginia TechпїЅs Certificate of Teaching Excellence; in 2007 he received the William E. Wine пїЅlifetimeпїЅ Award from TechпїЅs Alumni Association. On his sixtieth birthday, he was honored with a пїЅFestschriftпїЅ issue of the cultural-studies ejournal Spaces of Identity [Volume 6, No. 3 (3 December 2006)].