Research Centre

Joint to the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum, the Academy of Music has founded in 1986 a Liszt Ferenc Research Centre.

Our Research Centre has a threefold task:

  1. Take care and enrich, to work up and publish the Liszt-collection of the Academy, to help university education and Hungarian Liszt research by collecting a world-wide documentation concerning Liszt, by establishing a Liszt database, and by information service
  2. To take part in different projects of international Liszt research, to cooperate with Liszt research institutions, publishing houses, Liszt Societies
  3. To participate in international conferences and organize Liszt meetings etc.

Most important groups in the collection of the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum and Research Centre are as follows:

  • Liszt's music manuscrips, Liszt's letters, other music manuscripts, other letters (in original and in copies)
  • photos, paintings, prints and drawings
  • sculptures and medals, reproductions, relics, leaflets, posters and programmes
  • archival documents (diplomas, certificates, official and personal papers)
  • newspaper scraps

As for books and printed music, only the material of Liszt's one-time Budapest library is supervised by the musem: the collection and working up of other books, scores and of the literature on Liszt is the task of the Research Library, (a branch of the Library of the Liszt Academy), working in close collaboration with the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum and Research Centre.

The digitalizing of Liszt Holographs, prints and drawings, photos and archival documents has been finished; digital working-up of further parts of the museum collection is in progress. Printed books on Liszt's own library (books and music) have been published as parts of the Acta Academiae Artis Musicae de Francisco Liszt nominatae series.

The research fellows collect and work up for the Liszt-database of the Research Centre the most important informations about Liszt's musical works: history of their composition, publication, performance, location of sources etc.

The Research Centre staff members are ready to answer concrete questions of scholars both in word and script. Scholars are welcome to individual research: both original Liszt sources and copies can be studied on the spot in the library, but copies can be ordered only from the owners of the originals.

Staff members of the Research Centre help university education by special Liszt courses, and with advising to Liszt diploma works and dissertations. There is a close co-operation with the New Liszt Edition of Editio Musica, Budapest and the Liszt Urtext Editions of G. Henle Verlag, Munich. The Liszt Ferenc Research Centre takes part in the work of the International Liszt Workshop which is working hard on calling together an International Liszt Association, in order to successfully realize the joint projects of the 2011 Liszt Bicentenary.

For Research Activities of the Franz Liszt Research Centre in 2015 and 2016, please click here.