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A (not) forgotten Munich personality: The pianist Sofie Menter and Franz Liszt

2 July – 21 September 2018
From the series "Musical treasures"

Image element of the poster on the cabinet presentation "A (not) forgotten Munich personality: The pianist Sofie Menter and Franz Liszt" | © BSB/ Image Archive

Image element of the poster on the cabinet presentation "A (not) forgotten Munich personality: The pianist Sofie Menter and Franz Liszt" | © BSB/ Image Archive

About the background

The Munich pianist, composer and piano professor Sofie Menter (1846 – 1918) counted among the most excellent pianists of the second half of the 19th century. She went on successful concert tours throughout Europe and maintained close ties to musicians such as Franz Liszt or Peter Tchaikovsky. From 1883 to 1887 she was a professor at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.

A special bond existed between Sofie Menter and Franz Liszt, whose works she frequently played and with whom she gave joint concerts. His piano concert no. 1 E flat major was her greatest show piece. Due to her great virtuosity, Liszt considered Sofie Menter an ideal performer of his sophisticated compositions and even planned to write a piano concert especially for her. It is frequently stated that Sofie Menter was Liszt's student. This is incorrect, however, since she already was an accomplished pianist when they met at a concert in Vienna in 1869.

The relationship between Menter and Liszt was not an exclusively musical one, though. From their liaison also a daughter emerged, whose fate had been unknown to musicology so far.

About the cabinet presentation

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of the pianist almost fallen into oblivion today, the Music Department of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents a cabinet presentation which focuses on the relationship between Sofie Menter and Franz Liszt. It presents numerous biographical documents, musical source materials and sheet music prints of her compositions which have been preserved solely at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The presentation is rounded off by attractive illustrations.

Contact
Dr. Diemut Boehm
Department Acquisition, Collection Development and Cataloguing 1
Phone:  +49 89 28638-2138
diemut.boehm@bsb-muenchen.de

 

VenueBayerische Staatsbibliothek, hallway in front of the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images, 1st floor
Opening hours2 July – 21 September 2018
Monday – Friday   9:00 – 17:00  (closed on bank holidays)
AdmissionAdmission is free.
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