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3 The Romantic Hero and the Kulturnation

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This chapter concerns itself with Franz Liszt's Romantic heroic subjectivity, his vision of Weimar, his allies, and his literary and associational activities. He found many colleagues in the local musical community, attracted many visitors to Weimar, and forged long-term allegiances with German academics, all of whom shared his cultural and implicitly political aspirations. German-speaking intellectuals and artists had long seen a central role for themselves in guiding society. The German Kulturnation, nationalists believed, had existed since the late 1700s and was discernable through language, comportment, custom, and high culture. The chapter explores the cultural commemorative events and activities of Liszt's circle in Weimar. Their values, beliefs, actions and aims all bespeak an ongoing commitment to liberal values, such as progress in terms of binding Germans together culturally, Bildung, and reform.

Keywords: Franz Liszt; German Kulturnation; Romantic heroic subjectivity; Weimar's Classical Age



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