Visiting Liszt at home in Sugár Avenue

Upon entering Franz Liszt’s former home at the Academy of Music, visitors are immediately touched by the master’s spirit channeled through his personal belongings, instruments and different portraits hanging on the walls.

How did he live here? What were the rooms arranged like between January 1881 and April 1886, when Liszt actually lived within these walls?
József Rippl-Rónai:
Ferenc Liszt
(Liszt Museum)

We have made an attempt to reconstruct what the neighborhood and the building looked like in the 1880s, when Liszt moved in. The exhibition shows who and how prepared the service apartment for him as described in one of his letters. We also know what his schedule looked like.

The Old Music Academy,1883

His daily activity included praying, composing, teaching, tending to official duties, correspondence, caring for his students and engaging in everyday conversations with his guests and fellow professors.

He often welcomed prestigious guests, organized soirées and intimate whist-parties with friends during which they often consumed a bottle of fine cognac.

Instrument makers, publishers, musician friends, owners of the visiting cards left behind and people from descriptions and letters come to life in our exhibition. 

Magyar Zeneköltők Kiállítási
Albuma, 1885
(Liszt Museum)

We also offer a closer look at the social life of the time by taking our audience into Liszt’s own salon and the adjoining chamber hall.

The memories of contemporaries, guests, and students recall some of the exceptional moments from the life of the old master living in Budapest. These recollections allow us to look at Liszt as a teacher and as a dedicated president fighting to promote and improve the Academy.  Liszt in Budapest was known as a cordial host, a composer working hard on completing some of his compositions, an abbé in deep devotion, the pianist meeting with fellow musicians for chamber music and living an overall joyful life socializing as a passionate card player  with the wish to win.


Zsuzsanna Domokos Phd

Director of the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum and Research Centre




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The showcases of the virtual version of the exhibition can be viewed at the following links:


Case 1 – Academy of Music on Sugar street – the building from outside and inside

Case 2 – Furniture, Liszt's everyday life in Budapest

Case 3-4 – Compositions written in Liszt’s home at the Avenue

Case 5 – Count Géza Zichy

Case 6 – Liszt's visitors – Owners of visiting cards

Case 7 – The most important social scene: drawing-rooms

Case 8 – Franz Liszt’s friends and colleagues at the Academy of Music:

                 I. János Verebi Végh Vice President

Case 9 – Liszt’s fellow professors at the Academy

Case 10 – Franz Liszt’s Hungarian students - I

Case 11 – Franz Liszt’s Hungarian students - II

Case 12 – Ferenc Liszt and the Pulszky family

Case 13 – Musical instruments and instrument makers

Case 14 – Nándor Táborszky

Case 15 – Liszt and Hungarian Opera

Case 16 – Artists’ studios

Case 17 – Liszt and his artist friends

Case 18 – Lajos Haynald

Tableau – Important friends, teachers, students to Liszt who living

                   and places in Budapest

On the maps the place where the building of the Old Music Academy stands