Anonymous caricature of Franz Liszt

From Music on the Move by Danielle Fosler-Lussier

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  • Fig. 2.2. “Liszt-Fantaisie.” Anonymous caricature of Franz Liszt, La vie Parisienne, 3 April 1886. The original caption reads: “Liszt and his saber: He has renounced it today, after recognizing that he would do more damage with just the piano and his two hands. A strange specimen of the octopus species. Eight hands at four octaves each, thirty-two octaves!!!” Reprinted in Richard Leppert, “The Musician of the Imagination,” in The Musician as Entrepreneur, 1700–1914: Managers, Charlatans, and Idealists, ed. William Weber (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004), 42.