Franz Liszt: Life, Music and Franciscan Faith

Wed, 30 January 2019


Most popular ideas about Franz Liszt’s character are wrong: far from being a vain ‘celebrity’, he was inspired from childhood by a profound Christian faith, and his life-long connection with the Franciscans led him in mid-life to join their Third Order; later he received minor orders in the Catholic Church. Much of his work was liturgical or overtly Christian, but all his work reveals his intense and life-affirming spirituality. This evening blends live performances of works by Liszt for solo piano (including the B minor sonata in full) with an introduction to Franciscan spirituality and the life and faith of one of the nineteenth century’s most important composers. Words, music and pictures combine to open up a fresh perspective on this fascinating man and his work.

Pianist: Florian Mitrea, the young, Hertfordshire-based, concert pianist acclaimed as ‘outstanding’ by Martha Argerich (

Speaker: The Rev’d Iain Lane, Tutor in Christian Doctrine and the Visual Arts, and a Franciscan

Venue: The Nave, St Albans Cathedral (please click link for map)

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £12.50 (includes interval drink)

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