Liszt was born in a village near Sopron, Hungary, (now Raiding, Austria).
Antonio Salieri taught him thetechnique of composition and fostered the young Liszts musical taste.
Were the seeds of Heavy Metalplanted by Franz Liszt?That question may sound a bitfar-fetched, but one should listenclosely to some of Lisztspioneering compositions-- filledwith brutal moans & groans.
Liszt brought to music unprecedentedemotional and psychological impactthat previously never existed, paving theway for Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Puccini andmany others that followed. ThoughBeethoven previously touched upon aheavier style with the Coriolan Overture, orMozart with Don Giovanni, they neverdelved as deep into the brutal dark side ofmankind, nor into the darkest and mostdemonic realms of evil as did Liszt.
Franz Liszt was a diehard Catholic.Moreover, one look at how heconducted his life, giving freelessons, free concerts asfundraisers, helping aspiring artists,and writing celestial oratorios andmasses, we instantly and quiteassuredly know that Franz Lisztwas an angel not Mephistopheles.
Henceforth, Liszt was certainly not a devilworshipper, as some foolishly suspected, as hesimply revealed all facets of the humanexperience. His era was one of great instability,revolutions, war and death. To turn a deaf ear,and close ones eyes, to this aspect of life is, afterall, pure ignorance. That a novelist can writeabout the evil side of mankind, like Shakespearedid in "Hamlet", Goethe did in "Faust" or Dantedid in his "Divine Comedy", Liszt felt the samefreedom as a composer.
Liszt composed Hamlet in the 1850swell over a hundred years before LedZeppelin, Black Sabbath, or JimiHendrix.Liszts Hamlet: Liszts symphonic poemingeniously portrays the various psychologicalmood swings that plague Hamlet throughoutShakespeares intense play. http://www.d-vista.com/OTHER/franzliszt.html
Liszts Dante Symphony,Totentanz, Prometheus andmany others also containadvanced sound scapes thatmake Liszt look like a moderntime traveler stuck in an ancientcivilization.