Franz Liszt was more than a composer pianist and polemicist; he was honored by popes and prelates befriended by emperors and revolutionaries and knew poets and artists of almost every variety and temperament. In many respects he made possible the world we know today. Liszt and the Birth of Modern Europe deals with such complex and fascinating topics as Liszt's entanglements with Agnes Street-Klindworth and the Vatican Bank his literary and musical forays into social criticism and his oratorios songs and late piano pieces (including a recently-discovered manuscript of one of his most famous Venetian works). The volume's seventeen essays were first presented at the international Liszt conference held in December 1998at the Rockefeller Foundation's Villa Serbeloni in Bellagio Italy and organized by Rossana Dalmonte and Michael Saffle. Other contributors to this volume include Cornelia Szabó-Knotik (Austria) James Deaville and Pauline Pocknell (Canada) Jean-Pierre Bartoli and Cecile Reynaud (France) William Drabkin (Great Britain) Zsuzsanna Domokos(Hungary) Marco Beghelli Paolo Bidoli Maurizio Giani Egidio Pozzi and Nunzio Salemi(Italy) and Ben Arnold Paul Bertagnolli and Mary Sue Morrow (United States). In English throughout. Illustrated with photographs documentary facsimiles and musical examples.
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)].