Grottammare and Liszt
The Town which gave hospitality to the great Hungarian

Why Franz Liszt Prize in Grottammare


Grottammare may be godmother of talent, the inspirations, aspirations and rewarded to see the hard work of a young musician even in the difficult context of the third millennium.


The City in 2000, during the 130 years on Grottammare stay in the great Hungarian musician, has published an excerpt of his stay in the 'summer of 1868, this led me to pay tribute as a sign of gratitude, realizing what has always been my dream that is The International Piano Competition "Premio Franz Liszt"

Images and text together in marvelous ways, I suggest the motivations that transform culture in the memory and desire.
The rationale behind the award is to give young talent the musical legacy of a great witness excellent universal language invented by man yet irreplaceable: the music.

Franz Liszt (Ferenc) from Fabriano, in the company of his friend and spiritual father, Abbot Antonio Solfanelli in a difficult moment of your special and extraordinary life, tired and broken in the middle reaches crisis mystical Grottammare, accepting the invitation of Folfanelli for a physical and mental rest.
Great was the suggestion that he exercised on this site, the source of peace and serenity, as to inform his Carolyne von Sayn - Wittgenstein. Indeed in a letter to, describing his stay as sweet, has the merits of the local population, the unique hospitality offered by Conti Fenili, the erudition of the nobility with which establish relations of friendship, as well the appreciation for the many -working local business.
During their stay Grottammare, Liszt also established cordial relations with the population, often travels in the Cathedral of St. Pius V, where there is an organ, the Callido, he sounds charming the faithful with his extraordinary virtuosity, during religious ceremonies in particular morning.


The deeper ties that will last throughout life, however, are born with Families of Auditors Fenili, graduates of the Marquis of Hope and Comi.

Accounts Fenili, the wife of Count Fenili woman is Maria Mascioli dell'Abate Solfanelli aunt, and sensitive woman intlligante, establishes a relationship with Liszt intense, almost filial, the noblewoman includes psychological instability of the "Genius" and the care with loving care and greening in him the desire to live. Fenili palace, which houses are surrounded by thick vegetation and is imbued with the scent of orange flowers and the sea breeze comes up in the bedroom of Franz from which she sees the beach and the cliffs. Fenili palace, along with Nardi Palazzo de Prada (now?) Are the first buildings built in the medieval village below, the Marina, which still today, despite the passage of time and history, is so named.

In this peace Liszt composed the Offertory (for choir only) for the Mass of St. Francis of Assisi.

Master Licio Cernetti after careful study is certain that this composition has been written here in Grottammare. M ° Cernetti transcribed for the organ and makes moving tribute all'AMAD.


The Laureati Family is not only noble but also well educated. A member of the Family, Pietro is a musician, considered an "enfant prodige". Pietro is still very young when he begins to study music and is only eleven when he becomes a cellist in the orchestra of the Ascoli Piceno theatre.
On the first November 1837 he brilliantly holds his first Academy in Paris and becomes the idol of the most refined music societies, one of the most sought after cellist in all European Courts.
The most influential critics of the time love to compare his virtuosity in playing the violoncello to that of great Paganini in playing the violin. He is a friend of Beethoven's, of tenor Rubin's who he often accompanies in concerto; he is also a friend of Balbo's, of Capponi's, of Gioberti's and of Giusti's. For over 20 years he is the first violoncello of the Opera Theatre in London. In Grottammare he plays with Liszt in the wonderfull Laureati Palace, the residence of the noble family that gave hospitality to kings, princes and artists and where the unity of Italy was made. The Speranza family who gave birth to historians and jurists boasts a musician, Marco, a distinguished violinist who holds concerts in all the most important Italian theatres and musical institutions. When in duet, Marco is accompanied on the piano by Liszt himself.


The residence of the Speranza family is set on the hill, an old falaise which dominates Grottammare. From its pinewood visitors can enjoy an extraordinary view, particularly on very bright and clear days, when like a tiny line, the Dalmatian coast can be made out. Liszt enjoys all this, the seashore where he walks reading his breviary under the orange trees where he stops to meditate. The Comi family, formed by distinguished scientists and researchers in the chemical sector, whose ancestor Vincenzo, originates from Torano, set up a plant for the production of cream of tartar.
Vincenzo Comi, a grandson of Vincenzo's, accompanies Liszt through the medieval suburb of Grottammare and along the seaside. After historical researches we have come to the conclusion that the friendship between Vincenzo Comi and Franz Liszt was genuine and true and lasted much longer than Liszt's stay in Grottammare, nay it gave life to an intense epistolary correspondence.


Young Vincenzo Comi, intelligent, learned, refined, good looking and elegant in his behaviour was able to gladden "the six weeks which will remain one of the sweetest memories of my life" (this is the name given by Liszt to his holiday). He organizes parties and musical entertainments in the salons of the learned noble society of Grottammare. Vincenzo can, above all, listen to the Great Hungarian.
It is during their walks through the lanes of the medieval suburb and the seaside that he can gather the most secret confessions and melancholies of Liszt's soul since the great man had come to Grottammare in a difficult period of his life.
Although Liszt is much older than Vincenzo, he doesn't find any difficulty in confiding his emotions to the young man who later becomes his confident and intimate friend, the keeper of his reflections and confessions.
In a letter of thanks for his stay addressed to the Mayor ( of the day ) Liszt writes:

The blue sea, the pleasant greening hills, the sweetness of the climate,
the scent of the flowers and oranges make a poem equal to the
celestial harmony of the sounds.
My six weeks in Grotta-Mare will remain one of the best
and sweetest memories of my life.


These words written by a man of great sensibility like Liszt, a real musical genius, stir up such emotions as to induce the ABAC to devote to him, on the occasion of 134 years since his stay in Grottammare, an International Competition as a sign of everlasting gratitude.