I've always been a little jealous that past hosts of the podcast already talked about the "Rite of Spring" riots. So today we're talking about something just as musically weird - a fan phenomenon that heavily features shrieking ladies, but vastly predates Beatlemania. It's Lisztomania.
And ... I'm not even kidding. This is Franz Liszt. If I had been a 19-year-old French lady in 1841 I might have gotten giddy over him, too.
Our listener mail is from Ross, and it's along the lines of quite a few messages we received following our Calamity Jane episode, in which we mentioned getting a "too many women" review at a time when fewer than 25 percent of the previous episodes had been about women. Several people took exception to our math, but, to be clear, I didn't count 20 episodes back from Calamity Jane ... I counted 20 back from the date that was on the review. ("Fewer than 25 percent" was actually really generous, since I counted both The Lady Who Turned Into Soap, in which the woman is a saponified corpse rather than a living woman, and Two Other Alcotts, which spends less than half its time on May Alcott, as being episodes about women.)
Episode link: Lisztomania
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- Franz Liszt. (2015). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 05:28, Aug 31, 2015, from http://www.biography.com/people/franz-liszt-9383467.
- Heinrich Heine's Musical Feuilletons, via JSTOR and archive.org http://archive.org/stream/jstor-738167/738167_djvu.txt
- LaVine, Kevin. "Franz Liszt." Library of Congress. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.natlib.ihas.200187503/default.html
- NPR Staff. "How Franz Liszt Became the World's First Rock Star." All Things Considered. 10/22/2011. http://www.npr.org/2011/10/22/141617637/how-franz-liszt-became-the-worlds-first-rock-star/
- Padua, Pat. "Pic of the Week: Lisztomania Edition." In the Muse Performing Arts Blog, Library of Congress. 10/17/2011. http://blogs.loc.gov/music/2011/10/pic-of-the-week-lisztomania-edition/
- Sachs, Harvey. "Virtuoso." Thames and Hudson. 1982.
- The Library of Congress. "Franz Liszt at the Library of Congress." 8/18/2015. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.natlib.ihas.200187413/default.html
- Walker, Allen. "Franz Liszt: The Virtuoso years 1811-1847." Cornell University Press. 1983.
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