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Franz Liszt letters to go under hammer at Geneva's Hotel des Ventes auction house
2 billets autographes en français à l'encre noire, signés FL, datés « Dimanche » et « Dimanche matin », non situés [Rome, circa 1863-1865]. 6 pp. In-16. Estimate: CHF 1’000-1'500.
GENEVA (AFP).- A collection of 14 letters written by 19th-century Hungarian composer Franz Liszt go under the hammer in Switzerland next week, shedding light on his ties with his musical peers and his ire at cultural ignorance.

The letters, put on public display Friday at Geneva's Hotel des Ventes auction house, are to be sold on Wednesday.

In the manuscripts, Liszt wrote of his friendship with German counterpart Richard Wagner and Franco-Polish romantic icon Frederic Chopin, to whom he dedicated three musical scores.

He also criticises certain sections of his era's public for failing to appreciate his work.

Also up for sale is an eight-page, handwritten booklet of piano exercises composed by Liszt for his pupil Valerie Boissier in 1832.

The auctioneers' estimated minimum value for the Liszt lots is 9,750 Swiss francs (7,900 euros, $10,300), with the booklet alone starting at 3,000 Swiss francs.

The lots are part of a broader sale of musicology items, including manuscripts, scores and photographs related to Bela Bartok, Paul Dukas, Nikita Magaloff, Igor Stravinsky, Joseph Szigeti, and Wagner.

The items up for sale are from two private collections.

One is from the family of Szigeti and Magaloff, who was his son-in-law, while the other was put together by Genevan musicologist Robert Bory.

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