The life and work of Franz Liszt
A stamp exhibition opened in the Székesfehérvár Theater
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Translation of the Hungarian text:
The 98-year-old stamp collecting circle of the city of Székesfehérvár combined the concert of the Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra on October 24th with a thematic stamp exhibition. Before the concert, the Vörösmarty Theater opened an exhibition about the life and work of Ferenc Liszt, which featured the stamps of Dr. József Lippai.
The pharmacist Dr. József Lippai started collecting stamps at the age of 10 and learned to play the piano until he was in the fourth year of high school. Even during his studies in Szeged, his love for music remained and he enjoyed attending concerts and the opera. Collecting was very popular at the time; in Szeged the stamp collecting circle had between 600 and 800 members. Every Sunday morning there was a meeting at which stamps were swapped. During his military service, he met his superior in the officers’ club in Pest, who taught him how to collect music stamps. An avid fan of the theme since 1956, everyone can now admire his collection in the gallery of the Vörösmarty Theater.
At the opening, Zoltán Laczi, president of the city’s stamp collecting circle, said it was a great honor to be able to organize a music-themed stamp exhibition at the Vörösmarty Theater before the Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra’s concert.
The director of the Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra emphasized that connections are important in all arts if they can be shown in relation to other arts, but this is not a connection between other arts, but perhaps an even more exciting portfolio: We see a fantastic stamp collection specifically related to Liszt’s work.
The collector Dr. József Lippai welcomed the visitors. He said he learned to play the piano as a child and started collecting music-themed stamps more than 50 years ago. Since then he has collected many stamps on the subject of music and is also part of an international collector’s circle based in Germany that deals with it. “I exhibited my first collection at the European Cultural Forum event in 1985, where I presented the collection entitled ‘Romance in Music’.” In 2011, it was the 200th anniversary of Liszt’s birth, and that’s when my family and I decided to document Franz Liszt’s life in stamps. The material was already there, it just needed to be put together. “In the years since 2011, the collection has grown to 96 sheets,” said the collector, whose stamps bring to life key moments from Liszt’s life, his first concert, his artistic friendships and his works.