The classical building is located on the western boundary of the Park on the Ilm and at the beginning of the avenue leading to Belvedere Castle. It was originally built as a gardener’s lodge at the very end of the 18th century. In 1819, master builder Clemens Wenzeslaus Coudray redesigned the house and adapted it architecturally to match the building opposite. The house served as a studio for Friedrich Preller the elder and Hermann Wislicenius from the 1850s until Liszt moved there in 1869. This is where Liszt’s second period of residence in Weimar began. He had already lived at Villa Altenburg in Jenaer Strasse with Princess Carolyne von Sayn-Wittgenstein from 1848 to 1861 during his term of office as the court’s musical director. Upon returning to Weimar with the invitation of Grand Duke Carl Alexander, he used the so comfortably furnished apartments by the Grand Duchess Sophie until his death in 1886. Liszt only spent the summer months there; winter and spring were spent in Rome and Budapest. The Weimar summers of this genius, who was admired throughout Europe, were distinguished in particular by his teaching work. Liszt instructed numerous young, talented pianists from Germany and abroad free of charge at his home. Just a short time after his death, Carl Alexander opened part of the premises to the public as a memorial site. The original furnishings of the living rooms and study were preserved; the bedrooms and dining room were later reconstructed.
The salon on the first floor of the Liszt Museum still contains a Bechstein grand piano, an Ibach piano, two music holders and two quartet stands. The silent piano in the former servant’s room was used for finger exercises and could be taken on journeys. Since 2006, the display on the residential floor has been complemented by an exhibition on the ground floor where Liszt’s oeuvre can be experienced both visually and acoustically.
Concerts on the original Bechstein grand piano by students of the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar will take place between April and July from 12 pm to 1 pm on the following Tuesdays:
Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Stabsreferat Kommunikation, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Marketing
Besucherinformation Stabsreferat Kommunikation, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Marketing
Phone: +49 (0) 3643-545-400
Fax: +49 (0) 3643-41 98 16