We left Liszt last week in the early 1830’s. In 1832, about 6 months before he turned 21, Liszt attended a concert given by Paganini. At this point Liszt decided to refocus his attention to performing and becoming a virtuoso pianist.
By this time in his life he had spent years performing and learning as a young child, had experienced the heartbreaking loss of his father, had fallen in love but had the relationship crushed by her father, had spent time teaching to support himself and his mother, and had struggling with trying to decide what he really wanted to do with his life to the point of considering leaving music for the church. Quite a bit for the first 20 years of his life.
His passion for music reignited, the 1830’s saw a number of positive changes in his life. He started a relationship with Countess Marie d’Agoult which would last for 10 years and give him three children. He started teaching at the Geneva Conservatory and spent several years in the 1830s living in Switzerland and Italy with the Countess. His circle of friends grew to include Berlioz and Chopin. His composing flourished both by creating his own works and transcribing other works. And he was well on his way to being the virtuoso pianist he wanted to be.