Alan Walker is Professor Emeritus of Music at McMaster University, Canada. He has broadcast for the BBC, the CBC, and for CJRT–FM(Toronto), and gives regular public lectures on the music of the Romantic Era, a period in which he specializes. His thirteen published books include a three-volume, prize-winning biography of Franz Liszt, published...

Alan Walker is Professor Emeritus of Music at McMaster University, Canada. He has broadcast for the BBC, the CBC, and for CJRT–FM(Toronto), and gives regular public lectures on the music of the Romantic Era, a period in which he specializes. His thirteen published books include a three-volume, prize-winning biography of Franz Liszt, published by Alfred A. Knopf (New York), and selected by the Washington Post as a Book of the Year. In January 2012, the Government of Hungary bestowed on Alan Walker one of its highest honours: the Knight’s Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. Alan Walker’s personal archives, containing many letters to and from musicians, may be consulted at the following web-site: http://library.lib.mcmaster.ca/archives/findaids/w.htm.

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Génie Oblige: Franz Liszt and musical service

Génie Oblige: Franz Liszt and musical service
​For Franz Liszt, music was a moral force. He would surely have agreed with Alfred Cortot who used to proclaim, "Music forces Mankind to confront its nobility."Nobility! It brings us to the heart of the matter. Liszt was the first musician in history to articulate a great idea: namely, that music functions best when placed in the service of so...
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