Berlioz: Scenes from the Life and Work

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Peter Bloom
University Rochester Press, 2008 - Music - 248 pages
These twelve essays bring new breadth and depth to our knowledge of the life and work of the composer of the Symphonie fantastique. A distinguished international array of scholars here treat such matters as Berlioz's "aesthetics" and what it means to write about the meaning of his music; the political implications of his fiction and the affinities of his projects as composer and as critic; what the Germans thought of his work before his travels in Germany and what the English made of him when he visited their capital city; what he seems to have written immediately after encountering Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (a surprise), and where he profited from Beethoven in what later became Roméo et Juliette. The volume closes with two reflective essays on Berlioz's literary masterpiece, the Mémoires. Contributors: Lord Aberdare (Alastair Bruce), Jean-Pierre Bartoli, Jacques Barzun, Peter Bloom, David Cairns, Gunther Braam, Gérard Condé, Pepijn van Doesburg, Joël-Marie Fauquet, Frank Heidlberger, Hugh Macdonald, and Julian Rushton Peter Bloom (Smith College) is author of The Life of Berlioz (1998) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Berlioz (2000).
 

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Contents

The Music in the Music of Berlioz
11
Euphonia and the Utopia of the Orchestra as Society
47
Berlioz and the MezzoSoprano
67
Berlioz as ComposerCritic
89
Berliozs Lost Romeo et Juliette
125
Beethoven Shakespeare and Berliozs Scene damour
138
Germany at First
163
1o England and Berlioz
174
Berlioz Writing the Life of Berlioz
209
Autobiography Biography
223
Contributors
235
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