Friday, March 27, 2009

The book of Liszts

It is hard to get the hang of Twitter but I figure that because I am writing that book about Leonard Pennario I should be twittering, as they say. So every now and then I check in and I twitter something. I have maybe 6 followers and they are all buddies of mine here in Buffalo so it does not matter what I am twittering.

Today I threw it on up there that I am listening to Liszt. Because that was what I was doing. My tweet, if you can stand this cutesy lingo, read:

"Mary Kunz Goldman is listening to Liszt which is a heck of a thing to listen to before you are through with your first cup of coffee."


Then I decided to search around and see what else people were writing about Liszt. I hit "Search" and typed in "Liszt."

Interesting what people have been writing about Liszt in the last 24 hours.

"You should balance out that Brahms with some Franz Liszt."

"Stupid 80's cartoons. Whenever I listen to Liszt's 1st piano concerto the first thing I think about is Gargamel."

"Schubert - Soiree De Vienne No 6 [arranged by Liszt] Pianist Leonard Pennario." (Hmmm, nice. That came from PlayClassicalUK which I imagine must be a radio station.)

"To help my mood I'm listening to one of the most beautiful pieces of music; Liszt's Piano Concerto No 2."

"To help my mood I'm listening to one of the most beautiful pieces of music; Liszt's Piano Concerto No 2. It beats his first *hands down*..." (From the same person)

"life is never too short for some Liszt :-)"

That is for sure.

For a moment I could see the charm of this Twitter business. You can see the glittering thread that is Liszt going all over the world, binding us together, in this one brief segment of time.

Then that moment passed.

Here is the oddball piece I was listening to that got me on to all this. When it is finally the weekend and I can breathe instead of writing these scattered, rushed communiques, it would be interesting to discuss it.

I can't wait till I have time to do more than twitter.


  1. Roland Martin has performed the Via Crucis as part of Stations Of The Cross at St. Joseph's University Church. It's a fascinating work and congratulations on your knowing it!! I will link this to your previous posting about Busoni, who once wrote "I used to misunderstand Liszt, then I worshiped him." Stranger things happen in life.

  2. Roland Martin is so great!! That is a wonderful quote from Busoni. This is fun... we are just kind of going from one thing to another...