Fromental HalÚvy: His Life & Music, 1799-1862

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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Fromental Halevy, best known for his opera La Juive, captured the romantic and contentious spirit of his time. His was one of the most eventful eras in French history, ranging from the fall of Napoleon to the establishment of the Second Empire, and he took part in what was happening around him, often reflecting it in his music. As a composer, Halevy regarded opera as a magic spectacle fusing drama, music, dance and art. His work - innovative, demanding, captivating - included more than 30 grand operas and operas comiques, almost all widely performed and many immensely popular throughout nineteenth century Europe and the United States. And, loyal to his Jewish faith, Halevy set to music several psalms for liturgical use in French synagogues. Wagner, for all his virulent anti-Semitism, hailed "Halevy's brilliant energy that has sped French grand opera along a new road". This book, our century's first full-length biography of Halevy, which includes previously unpublished excerpts from his diaries and correspondence, illuminates that road.
  

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Contents

BORN IN FRANCE
1
CONSERVATOIRE AND PRIX DE ROME
8
DE PROFUNDIS
15
VILLA MEDICI
19
FIRST STEPS IN PARIS
26
EBB AND FLOW
35
LA JUIVE
45
COOLNESS INTO ADULATION
62
SEVEN WEEKS IN LONDON
135
HOW LONDON SAW LA JUIVE
143
MORE OF THE SAME
151
LIFE SECRETARY
161
A TIME TO EVERY PURPOSE
170
LAST WORKS
182
AND TIME TO DIE
191
A DESCENDANT OF B A C H
201

LECLAIR
74
LEADER OF THE FRENCH SCHOOL
84
OPERAS COMIQUES
97
A MOMENTOUS YEAR
107
FROM PATRIOTISM TO MACARONI
113
BACK TO OPERAS COMIQUES
124
EPILOGUE
207
SOURCES
213
REFERENCES
219
CHRONOLOGY OF WORKS
227
INDEX
235
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