Before there was Beatlemania, there was {{Lisztomania}}. Franz Liszt (22 October 1811 - 31 July 1886) was the TropeCodifier for all music stars that came after him. (Violinist Niccolo Paganini was the UrExample, for anyone interested.)

As a child prodigy, Liszt was stage-managed by his father, until he dropped dead in 1827. Liszt entered a self-imposed exile until the 1830s. After coming out of seclusion, he toured for nine years in Europe, and accrued a devoted fanbase comparable to that of today's pop stars. When Liszt got tired of touring, he settled in Weimar, where he first met that young hotshot composer Creator/RichardWagner. They were musical kindred spirits, with a flair for the dramatic. Liszt actually premiered several of Wagner's operas. After 15 years in Weimar, Liszt moved to Rome. Though Liszt was quite the womanizer, he was a practicing Roman Catholic; nonetheless, his decision to become a priest shocked everyone. After he took up the cloth, Liszt spent the last years of his life teaching in Rome, Weimar, and Budapest (which must have been quite the commute). Liszt died in 1886, without having his Last Rites, with his request to be buried simply in a monk's robe ignored.

He is the composer of the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, immortalized in the cartoons TheCatConcerto and [[BugsBunny Rhapsody Rabbit]] as ''the'' definitive concert piano music.

!!Tropes Present in Liszt's life and work:
* {{Bishonen}}: [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/49/Liszt_(Lehmann_portrait).jpg In his younger years]].
* TheCasanova: He was a notorious ladies' man.
* DeadpanSnarker: At yet another person's (false) claim to be his illegitimate offspring, Liszt said, "I know his mother only by correspondence, and one cannot arrange that sort of thing by correspondence."
* FriendlyRivalry : with FryderykChopin
* GroupieBrigade: He had one of the first. Contemporary reporters dubbed it "Lisztomania," over 120 years before [[Music/TheBeatles Beatlemania]] happened.
** EstrogenBrigade: Not surprisingly given his dashing good looks and flowing hair.
* TheRockStar: The TropeCodifier, albeit with ClassicalMusic rather than rock-and-roll.
* SelfDeprecation: On the cover page of his then-unpublished piece ''Csardas Macabre'' he wrote, [[WhoWritesThisCrap "May one write or listen to such a thing?"]]
* StandardSnippet: Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2. If someone on screen is shown playing classical piano, odds are pretty decent they will be playing this piece.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Liszt was lucky enough to have both, but compared to other pianists of the era, like Chopin, Liszt was a Performer.