Franz Liszt (1811–1886)

When Franz Liszt became court Kapellmeister in Weimar, he entrusted the publication of his symphonic poems and principal piano works (including the Sonata in b minor) to Breitkopf & Härtel.

His virtuoso piano playing made not only women’s hearts beat faster; Franz Liszt was one of the most effusively praised piano virtuosos of the romantic era. A great deal of bravura characterizes his fireworks-like piano arrangements of the Beethoven symphonies, whose publication signalized his entrance into the stable of Breitkopf's authors in 1838. The bonds between Liszt and the publisher grew deeper following his concert tours, when he was appointed Court Kapellmeister in Weimar and, from 1848, when he entrusted the publication of his symphonic poems and main piano works (including the Sonata in B minor) to Breitkopf. In his new edition of the Collected Writings, Detlef Altenburg affirms the importance of Liszt's texts on musical theory.