Berlioz, the enfant terrible of music if ever there was one, was always a favorite of the late Norman Del Mar. In this volume (seen through the press by his son Jonathan) Norman Del Mar brings all his wide experience to the explanations and elucidation of the more difficult points of conducting these works. The most imaginative orchestrator ever is treated with wisdom and perception and many doubtful technical points are clarified in this invaluable handbook. Anyone wanting to know more about Berlioz's works, be they student or music-loving listener, will find their enjoyment enhanced after reading this indispensable study.
The three extraordinary symphonies are considered in detail, followed by six overtures, and other important works. The volume culminates in chapters on the Grande Messe des morts and Te Deum which give true insight into these major choral pieces. Del Mar's writing style is easily approachable and carries the reader along in eager anticipation as understanding is assimilated from his own infectious enthusiasm.
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2nd violins 4-bar phrases Adagio Allegro Andante bands Barenreiter barline bass drum bassoons beaten beginning Berlioz brass Breitkopf cadence cellos and basses chorus clarinet climax coda conductor continue cor anglais cornets crescendo crotchets cymbals descending diminuendo downbeat effect entries extra fermata figure flute follows forte fortissimo four bars four bassoons give given groups harps horns idee fixe instruments leads lower strings melody metronome mark minims movement notes oboe octave ophicleides orchestra overture pace passage pause percussion pianissimo piano pizzicato played players poco pulse quaver beat quavers rallentando rehearsal repeat rhythm rhythmic rising ritenuto Scherzo score second beat second subject semiquavers sforzandos silence six bars soft solo soloist sopranos staccato stick strokes Symphony syncopated tempo tenors theme third three bars timpani timpanists tremolo triplet trombones tubas unison upbeat upper strings violas violins and violas voices wind chords woodwind