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On This Day in 1853, Franz Liszt’s ‘Orpheus’ is First Performed

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‘Orpheus’, the symphonic poem written by Franz Liszt in 1853-4 was first performed on this day – February 16, 1854. Conducted by Liszt as an introduction to the first Weimar performance of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice.


Duchess Maria Pavlovna

The performance helped celebrate the birthday of Weimar’s Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, who was an amateur musician and a staunch supporter of Liszt at Weimar.

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