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It is well known that Franz Liszt was one of the great figures of the Romantic Age—famed as a pianist, composer, and “champion of new music.” These letters, spanning the period 1848–1886, reveal that this flamboyant showman was a generous and sensitive friend as well as a remarkable judge of character. Howard Hugo’s thirty-one “prefaces” serve to keep us informed of the progress of Liszt’s compositions in addition to his extremely active life, and they point up the meaning of the tantalizing allusions in these letters which cover the entire second half of the musician’s long and useful career.