10 Crazy Facts About Lisztomania

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Women throwing underwear and screaming doesn’t come to most people’s minds when they think about classical music concerts, but that’s where it began. Long before Elvis, Beatlemania, and Justin Bieber, one man became the first person to fill concert halls with shrieking, fainting, lovelorn women: classical pianist Franz Liszt.

They called it Lisztomania—and in the 19th century, that wasn’t just a cute name. Women went so crazy when Franz Liszt’s fingers touched a piano that doctors seriously believed that his fandom was a mental illness epidemic.

[Read the full article at Listverse.]

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