Berlioz: Roméo Et Juliette

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 26, 1994 - Music - 119 pages
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Berlioz's "dramatic symphony" Roméo et Juliette is regarded by many as his finest work; it is certainly among the most original. This book summarizes the complex genesis of the work before examining the music closely and always with a view to understanding its dramatic implications. Julian Rushton quotes and discusses the early and later critical reception and concludes by suggesting a way of hearing the work that recognizes the value of its mixed genre. The complete libretto is provided in both English and French.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The genesis of Romeo et Juliette
11
Berlioz Shakespeare and Garrick
15
Introduction and Prologue Romeo seul
21
Appendix 2
23
Scene damour La reine Mab
35
Convoi funebre
47
A view from 1839 by Stephen Heller
60
1839 and beyond
70
Romeo et Juliette as covert opera
80
Appendix 1
85
a Berliozs Preface 87
86
d Berlioz on the genre instrumental expressif
90
Texts
91
Select bibliography
115
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