One of Franz Liszt’s last letters in the collection of the Museum
2019.11.28

The letter was purchased from a private collection by the Liszt Museum Foundation. The master dictated it to August Göllerich in Weimar on June 16, 1886, the recipient pianist Berthold Kellermann. The addressing and the signature are Liszt’s own handwriting. After Kellermann’s concert, Liszt talked about his plans for the summer: he was going to stay in Bayreuth from July 23, attending the Wagner Festival, then travel to Kissingen for bath therapy, and have eye surgery in September. The letter is especially shocking if you know the exact date and circumstances of his death: only the trip to Bayreuth and the presence at two Wagner-operas of the festival came true…