Liszt started playing the piano at age 7. He began composing his own music at 8 and performing in public at 9. As a child, he loved both church and Gypsy music. Both types of music would remain important to him his whole life.
At this time Liszt began a long friendship with the composer Hector Berlioz. In December 1830, at the Opera House in
In April 1832, when he was 20 years old, Liszt heard Niccoló Paganini play. At the time, Paganini was the best violinist in the world. Afterward, Liszt decided he wanted to play the piano as well as Paganini played the violin.
By 1833 Liszt’s friend Berlioz was very poor. Liszt rewrote Berlioz’s Fantastic Symphony for the piano and publicly performed it many times. He did this to make Berlioz’s music more popular.
At this time, Liszt also became friends with the Polish pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin.
In 1835 Liszt and D'Agoult moved to