In the past serious biographers of Franz Liszt have found the matter of the thwarted marriage of Liszt and Princess Carolyne von Sayn-Wittgenstein most puzzling but no longer! The core of this publication is the sixty or so documents which have lain in the Vatican archives for more than a hundred and twenty years until brought to light by Prof. Walker in 1983 and 1985. These documents allow us to piece together for the first time Carolyne's twelve-year struggle to procure an annulment of her first marriage a necessary first step to clear the way for her nuptials with Liszt. These documents will be published in English and Latin with substantial commentary in an introductory essay by Prof. Walker and will include selected pages and one entire document in facsimile.
Completed his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1977 and has taught music and humanities at Virginia Tech since 1978; in 1993 he was promoted to the rank of Professor. His publications include Franz Liszt: A Guide to Research (revised and republished by Routledge in 2004 and again in 2009) as well as articles and reviews in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Acta Musicologica, Notes, the Journal of Musicological Research, the Programmhefte of Bayreuth’s annual Wagner Festival, Asian Music, Music & Letters, and the Leonardo Music Journal. In addition to fellowships from the Humboldt Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, Saffle held the 2000-2001 Bicentennial Fulbright Professorship of American Studies at the University of Helsinki—a “European Distinguished Chair.” In 2008 he also held the Au Yeung King Fong research fellowship at Hong Kong Baptist University. As a teacher Saffle has three times won Virginia Tech’s Certificate of Teaching Excellence; in 2007 he received the William E. Wine “lifetime” Award from Tech’s Alumni Association. On his sixtieth birthday, he was honored with a ‘Festschrift’ issue of the cultural-studies ejournal Spaces of Identity [Volume 6, No. 3 (3 December 2006)].