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A Single Crash of the Cymbals

Roger Parker, 7 December 1989

Franz Liszt. Vol. II: The Weimar Years 1848-1861 
by Alan Walker.
Faber, 626 pp., £35, August 1989, 0 571 15322 4
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Franz Liszt: A Chronicle of his Life in Pictures and Documents 
by Ernst Burger, translated by Stewart Spencer.
Princeton, 358 pp., £45, October 1989, 0 691 09133 1
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... in Walker’s account, simply because the biographer feels unable to criticise his hero. Ernest Burger’s ‘documentary biography’ of Liszt, translated from the 1986 German edition, is in some ways a valuable supplement to Walker’s biography. Though it offers a fairly detailed chronology of the life and works, the principal focus is on visual ...

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