Music Trivia: Answer 11

Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, was a talented pianist who revolutionized the face of public performance by giving solo recitals. Before that, musicians were expected to share concerts with other performers. Between talent, musical imagination, and Charisma, List’s performances would captivate audiences across Europe and create hysterical reactions that were later coined by Heinrich Heine as “Lisztomania.” Admirers would literally tear bits of his clothing, fight over broken piano strings and locks of his shoulder length hair. We see hysteria similar to this today in celebrity musicians which means, Liszt may have been the very first music superstar.

Sources: BBC, CPR, NPR, and Wikipedia.