Lisztomania

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Liszt +‎ -o- +‎ -mania, named after Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. Coined as German Lisztomanie by Heinrich Heine in 1844.

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Lisztomania (uncountable)

  1. (music, psychology, historical) A feverish enthusiasm for the music of Liszt.
    • 1996, Craig M. Wright, Listening to Music (→ISBN)
      Lisztomania swept across Europe. Despite their obvious sensationalism, Liszt's concerts in the 1840s established the format of our modern-day piano recital. He was the first to play entire programs from memory (not reading from music).
    • 2009, “Lisztomania”, in Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, performed by Phoenix:
      A Lisztomania / Think less but see it grow / Like a ride, like a riot, oh / Not easily offended
    • 2011, Bunny Ultramod, The Bold and The Terrible: How To Become a Superstar With Just an IPad, $60, and Two Weeks, Bunny Ultramod (→ISBN)
      There's always been some of this about — classical pianist and composer Franz Liszt acquired fanatical followers, who stalked him and became so overbearing at his concerts that the phrase Lisztomania was invented to describe it.
    • 2011 October 22, “How Franz Liszt Became The World's First Rock Star”, in npr music[1]:
      The cultural impact of Lisztomania continues to take various forms today. In 1975, Ken Russell directed a film called Lisztomania, starring The Who's Roger Daltrey as Franz Liszt.
    • 2014, Jon Paxman, A Chronology Of Western Classical Music 1600-2000, Omnibus Press (→ISBN)
      The poet Heinrich Heine dubbed this phenomenon 'Lisztomania'. Listening to the rampaging symphonic gestures of Mazeppa (1840) or the fireworks of the Paganini Études (1840), one can easily imagine the frenzied emotions of the []

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