Posted on May 28, 2011
The bicentenary of the birth of one of the essential genius of music is the perfect excuse to get close to an attractive and vigorous. The majestic Opera and Andrássy Boulevard picturesque.
A talent of those that are born occasionally. A composer and pianist whose greatness is not only measured by the impact on the public but for other key influence on music as Strauss and Wagner.
Franz Liszt, whose birth will mark 200 years in the month of October, is a key figure of Hungarian culture in particular and Europe in general. Therefore, Budapest has decided to celebrate its bicentennial well so tall and has invited city discover traces of this unique man.
As a composer, Liszt was praised for his Faust and Dante symphonies and symphonic poems "Preludes", "Mazeppa" and "Orpheus". As a pianist, Liszt was a real sense at the time (was talk of a "lisztmanía" even today we find it funny) and is recognized for having expanded interpretive resources of this instrument.
Between the Opera and the Academy
The central Andrassy Boulevard is the key artery for exploring Budapest and marvel at the arrogance of some of its Renaissance palaces. The starting point is the Budapest Opera House, a giant neo-Renaissance with Baroque airs once boasted of being "the most expensive opera Europe" (yes, including Vienna).
The building has 1289 seats today and that although unchanged in its centenary in 1984. The truth is that its interior is a good summary of Hungarian culture: murals painters Károly Lotz, Bertalan Székely and Mór Than and Stróbl Alajos sculptures on the "fathers" of music: Liszt and Ferenc Erkel.
Also located on Andrássy Avenue, the Music Academy which now bears the name of Liszt is also a magnificent building, with the imposing bronze statue of the musician strikes us from the doorway.
The ubiquitous trace of genius, which this year will intensify as rarely, not enough to overshadow the Budapest today, a capital of two million inhabitants. Born from the fusion of "Buda" and "Pest", the two cities separated by the Danube, the city has one of the most varied architectural heritage of Europe and is perfectly intercom by the oldest underground system in the continent.