Music: Last on Liszt

Ernest Newman started out to be an Indian Civil Servant and ended up by being Britain's foremost musical critic. When this London musicologist publishes a new biography, his fellow critics are inclined to accept his findings as sound, scholarly, vividly final. To his works on Gluck, Wolf, Richard Strauss, Elgar, Beethoven, Bach, Berlioz and Wagner, Ernest Newman, at 66, last week added his last word, on Franz Liszt.†

Most laymen think of Liszt as a saintly white-haired old man who crowned a rich musical life by dedicating himself to God. Critic Newman thinks differently, takes sides...

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