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The life of Berlioz

Author: Peter Bloom
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Series: Musical lives.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Berlioz is the quintessential romantic composer by dint of the conspicuous intermingling of art and life that marks his musical and literary output. This Life of Berlioz situates the celebrated French musician in the vibrant and highly politicized musical culture of the periods of the Bourbon Restoration, July Monarchy, Second Republic, and Second Empire in which he lived and worked as composer, conductor, concert  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Hector Berlioz; Hector Berlioz; Hector Berlioz; Hector Berlioz; Hector Berlioz
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Bloom
ISBN: 0521480914 9780521480918 0521485487 9780521485487
OCLC Number: 38478411
Description: xi, 211 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Initiation (1803-1830). A childhood of learning and love. The medical student. Cherubini's Conservatoire. Paying (for) concerts. The paradoxical Prix de Rome. The Symphonie fantastique --
2. Innovation (1830-1848). Revolution in France, reaction in Italy. The composer in Paris. Commissions for the nation. Love and music. On the campaign trail --
3. Introspection (1848-1869). Republican agitation and imperial redress. Love, marriage, duty. The irresistible Institut de France. Dido, Beatrice, Shakespeare, and Marie. A meaningful legacy.
Series Title: Musical lives.
Responsibility: Peter Bloom.
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Berlioz is the quintessential romantic composer by dint of the conspicuous intermingling of art and life that marks his musical and literary output. This Life of Berlioz situates the celebrated French musician in the vibrant and highly politicized musical culture of the periods of the Bourbon Restoration, July Monarchy, Second Republic, and Second Empire in which he lived and worked as composer, conductor, concert manager, and writer. The author of the Symphonie fantastique was possessed of a fertile and fantastical imagination; he was indeed obsessed, at times, by love; but the common image of Berlioz as a misunderstood and mistreated genius (an image he did little to controvert) obscures both the solidity of his work as a musical architect and the reality of his position, explored here, as one sometimes favored by those in power.

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