Catalog No. 714
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Tonkunst, dich preis’ ich vor allen,
höchstes Los ist dir gefallen.
Aus der Schwesterkünste drei
du die frei’ste, einzig frei.”
(Music, I value you above all others,
yours be the highest praise.
Of the three sisters of the arts
you are the freest, the sole without limits.)
Text is the first stanza of a poem entitled Tonkunst (Music) written in 1826 by Franz Grillparzer.
Franz Liszt (1811-1886) is generally regarded as the greatest pianist of his time, as well as a brilliant composer, particularly of works for the piano. But his genius extended far beyond the piano, and served to expand musical composition and performance well beyond its 19th century limitations, laying the seeds for a series of schools that would flourish after his death.
Fourth in a series of five composer steins, with Nos. 711, 712, 713 and 715.