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Selected letters of Berlioz

Author: Hector Berlioz; Hugh Macdonald; Roger Nichols
Publisher: New York : Norton, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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One of the foremost composers of his generation, Berlioz was even more influential as an arbiter of musical taste and a writer of critical essays for the Parisian Journal des debats. But professional journalism was sometimes an unwelcome task for Berlioz, who felt hindered by considerations of diplomacy and censorship. Letter writing, by contrast, provided him with a freer outlet for creative expression, and his
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Hector Berlioz; Hector Berlioz
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hector Berlioz; Hugh Macdonald; Roger Nichols
ISBN: 0393040623 9780393040623
OCLC Number: 35701288
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiii, 479 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Correspondence.
Responsibility: edited by Hugh Macdonald ; translated by Roger Nichols.

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One of the foremost composers of his generation, Berlioz was even more influential as an arbiter of musical taste and a writer of critical essays for the Parisian Journal des debats. But professional journalism was sometimes an unwelcome task for Berlioz, who felt hindered by considerations of diplomacy and censorship. Letter writing, by contrast, provided him with a freer outlet for creative expression, and his surviving correspondences number in the thousands. From.

That extraordinary output Hugh Macdonald has gathered some 500 letters that span the composer's life and chart the course of his artistic career. The first letter, written by a brash fifteen-year-old Berlioz to a group of music publishers, suggests that they bring out his work at their own expense. The last letter, in which Berlioz begs his brother-in-law for money, reveals the once-prodigious composer and writer reduced to a pathetic state of poverty. Dipped into or.

Read straight through, Selected Letters of Berlioz is entertaining and informative reading for any music lover. Translated aptly and colorfully by Roger Nichols, Berlioz's letters blend personal sentiment with deep insight into nineteenth-century thought, providing an entrancing portrait of one of the century's leading artistic figures.

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