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How did Liszt's image transform?

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Published in Daily Trivia

In 1838, composer Franz Liszt performed several concerts to aid Danube flood victims in Hungary. His philanthropy made him a celebrated figure in Hungary for a time. There was even talk of awarding him a Hungarian title, although nothing came of this. As time went on, Liszt's inflated ego and unabashed desire to be part of aristocratic society were gleefully lampooned and ridiculed in the Paris press, and he evolved into a 19th-century media joke.

 

 

 

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