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Memoirs of Hector Berlioz, member of the French Institute : including his travels in Italy, Germany, Russia, and England, 1803-1865

Author: Hector Berlioz; David Cairns
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1969.
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Named Person: Hector Berlioz; Hector Berlioz
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hector Berlioz; David Cairns
ISBN: 057500181X 9780575001817
OCLC Number: 100085
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: 636 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: La Côte Saint-André ; My first communion ; First musical experience --
My father ; My literary education ; My passion for travel ; Virgil ; The impact of poetry --
Meylan ; My uncle ; The pink half-boots ; The wood-nymph of Saint-Eynard ; Love in the life of a twelve-year-old --
First music lessons under the direction of my father ; Attempts at compositions ; Studies in osteology ; Antipathy to medicine ; I go to Paris --
A year of medical studies ; Professor Amussat ; A performance at the opera ; The conservatoire library ; Irresistible attraction towards music ; My father refuses to let me take it up ; Family debates --
I become one of Lesueur's pupils ; His kindness ; The Chapel Royal --
First opera ; M. Andrieux ; First mass ; Chateaubriand --
Augustin de Pons ; He lends me 1,200 francs ; My mass performed for the first time at Saint-Roch ; Second performace at Saint-Eustache ; I burn it --
First encounter with Cherubini ; He chases me out of the conservatoire library --
My father stops my allowance ; I go back to La Côte ; Provincial ideas on art and artists ; Despair ; My father's alarm ; He agrees to my returning to Paris ; My mother's fanatical opposition ; Her curse --
Return to Paris ; I give lessons ; I join Reicha's class at the conservatoire ; Dinners on the Pont Neuf ; My father withdraws my allowance ; Implacable opposition ; Humbert Ferrand ; Kreutzer --
I compete for a job in the chorus ; I get it ; Antoine Charbonnel ; Our bachelor establishment --
First orchestral compositions ; My education at the opera ; My two teachers, Lesueur and Reicha ; Examination at the institute ; My cantata declared unplayable ; Worship of Gluck and Spontini ; The advent of Rossini ; The dilettanti ; My rage ; Ingres --
Evenings at the opera ; Missionary work ; Scandals exposed ; A display of enthusiasm ; Deep feelings of a mathematician --
The advent of Weber at the Odéon ; Castil-Blaze ; Mozart ; Lachnith ; Adapters and improvers ; "Despair and die!" --
Prejudice against operas written to an Italian text ; It affects my reaction to some of Mozart's works --
The advent of Shakespeare ; Miss Smithson ; Fatal passion ; Spiritual apathy ; My first concert ; Comedy of Cherubini's opposition ; His defeat ; Whips and scorpions --
An ineffective concert ; A conductor who can't conduct ; A chorus wich doesn't sing --
The advent of Beethoven at the conservatoire ; Jealous reservations on the part of French composers ; Impression produced on Lesueur by the Symphony in C minor ; He sticks to his system --
Calamity ; I become a critic --
The composition prize ; The regulations of the Academy of Fine Arts ; I come second --
The institute usher ; His revelations --
Still Miss Smithson ; A benefit performance ; Cruel accidents of fate --
My third competition at the institute ; No first prize awarded ; A curious conversation with Boïeldieu ; Soothing music --
First reading of Goethe's Faust ; I write my Fantastic symphony ; Unsuccesful attempt to get it performed --
I compose a fantasy on The tempest ; Its performance at the opéra --
A violent distraction-F.H. ; Mademoiselle M. --
Fourth competition at the institute ; I obtain the prize ; The July revolution ; The capture of Babylon ; The Marseillaise ; Rouget de Lisle --
The institute prize-giving ; The academicians ; My Sardanapalus cantata ; Its performance ; The conflagration that will not catch fire ; Consternation of Mme Malibran --
I give my second concert ; The Fantastic symphony ; Liszt pays me a visit ; Beginning of our friendship ; The Paris critics ; Cherubini's remark ; I leave for Italy. Travels in Italy: Marseilles to Leghorn ; A storm ; Leghorn to Rome ; The French Academy in Rome --
The students at the Academy ; Felix Mendelssohn --
Drama ; I leave Rome ; Florence to Nice ; I return to Rome ; No deaths ; The theatres of Genoa and Florence ; Bellini's I Montecchi ed i Capuletti ; Romeo played by a woman ; Pacini's La Vestale ; Licinius played by a woman ; The Florentine organist ; The feast of Corpus Christi ; I return to the academy --
Life at the academy ; Wanderings in the Abruzzi ; St Peter's ; Spleen ; Excursions in the Roman Campagna ; The carnival ; The Piazza Navona --
Hunting in the mountains ; The Campagna again ; Virgilian recollections ; Wild Italy ; Regret ; Tavern balls ; My guitar --
Subiaco ; The convent of St Benedict ; A serenade ; Sivitella ; My gun ; My friend Crispino --
The life of a musician in Rome ; Music in St Peter's ; The Sistine Chapel ; Prejudice against Palestrina ; Modern religious music in the church of Saint-Louis ; The opera houses ; Mozart and Vaccai ; The pifferari ; Compositions in Rome --
Varieties of spleen ; Isolation --
Naples ; The enthusiastic soldier ; A trip to Nisita ; The lazzaroni ; An invitation to dinner ; A crack of the whip ; The Teatro San Carlo ; Return to Rome on foot through Abruzzi ; Tivoli ; Virgil again --
Influenza in Rome ; A new system of philosphy ; Hunting ; Domestic trouble ; I leave for France --
Florence ; A funeral scene ; La bella sposina ; The cheerful Florentine ; Lodi ; Milan ; The Teatro Cannobiana ; The public ; Thoughts on the musical life of the Italians ; Their incorrigible tast for showy platitudes and vocal display ; Return to France --
The papal censorship ; Preparations for concerts ; The new English company ; Fétis ; His corrections to Beethoven's symphonies ; I am introduced to Miss Smithson ; She is bankrupt ; She breaks her leg ; I marry her --
Benefit performance and concert at the Théâtre-Italien ; The fourth act of Hamlet ; Antony ; Defection of the orchestra ; The tables turned ; A visit from Paganini ; His viola ; Composition of Harold in Italy ; Girard's deficiencies as a conductor ; I resolve always to conduct my works myself ; An anonymous letter --
M. de Gasparin commisions me to write a requiem mass ; The directors of fine arts ; Their views on music ; A breach of faith ; The capture of Constantine ; Cherubini's intrigues ; A boa constrictor ; My requiem is performed ; Habeneck's snuff-box ; I am not paid ; Attempts to fob me off with the Légoin d'honneur ; Skulduggery of every description ; Rage ; Threats ; I am paid --
The Lacrymosa from my Requiem performed in Lille ; A small scorpion for Cherubini ; A neat trick ; A stinging reprisal ; I jion the staff of the Journal des débats ; The painful business of being a critic --
Mademoiselle Bertin's Esmeralda ; Rehearsals for my opera Benvenuto Cellini ; Its resounding failure ; The Roman carnival overture ; Hebeneck ; Duprez ; Ernest Legouvé --
Concert of 16th December 1838 ; Paganini's letter and gift ; My wife's holy enthusiasm ; A furore ; Congratulation and calumny ; I visit Paganini ; His departure ; I write Romeo and Juliet ; Criticisms provoked by that work --
M. de Rémusat commissions the Funeral and triumphal symphony ; Its performance ; Its popularity in Paris ; Habeneck's remark ; Epithet invented for the work by Spontini ; His mistake about the Requiem --
Expedition to Brussels and concerts there ; A word about my domestic life and its storms ; The Belgians ; Zani de Ferranti ; Fétis ; Serious error of the latter ; Festival organized and conducted by me at the Paris Opéra ; Plot by Habeneck's supporters foiled ; A scene in M. de Girardin's box ; How to make a fortune ; I leave for Germany. Travels in Germany: First letter, August Morel ; Second letter, Narcisse Girard ; Third letter, Liszt ; Fourth letter, Stephen Heller ; Fifth letter, Ernst ; Sixth letter, Heinrich Heine ; Seventh letter, Mademoiselle Louis Bertin ; Eighth letter, Habeneck ; Ninth letter, M. Desmarest ; Tenth letter, M. George Osborne --
I produce Freischütz at the Opéra ; My recitatives ; The singers ; Dessauer ; Léon Pillet ; Havoc wrought by his successors on Weber's score --
I am forced to write articles ; Despair ; Impulse to suicide ; Festival of industry ; 1,022 performers ; Receipts, 32,000 francs ; Profit, 800 francs ; M. Delessert, the Prefect of Police ; Censorship of concert programmes set up ; The poor-house tax collectors ; Dr. Amussat ; I go to Nice ; Concerts in the Champs-Elysées Circus --
First letter, Humbert Ferrand, Vienna ; Second letter, Humbert Ferrand, Vienna (continued); Third letter, Humbert Ferrand, Pesth ; Fourth letter, Humbert Ferrand, Prague ; Fifth Letter, Humbert Ferrand, Prague (continued) ; Sixth letter, Humbert Ferrand, Prague (concluded) --
Concert in Breslau ; My legend The damnation of Faust ; The libretto ; Patriotic German critics ; The damnation of Faust performed in Paris ; I decide to go to Russia ; My friends' kindness. Travels in Russia: The Prussian courier ; M. Nernst ; By sledge ; Snow ; The silly crows ; The Couts Wielhorsky ; General Lvov ; My first concert ; The empress ; I make a forture ; Journey to Moscow ; A bizarre stumbling-block ; The Grand Marshal ; Music-mania amoung the young ; The Kremlin cannon --
Return to St. Petersburg ; Two performances of Romeo and Juliet at the Grande Theatre ; Romeo in his gig ; Ernst ; The nature of his talent ; Music's retroactive power. Travels in Russia : sequel. Return journey ; Riga ; Berlin ; Performance of Faust ; A dinner at Sans-Souci ; The King of Prussia --
Paris ; I have Roqueplan and Duponchel nominated as directors of the Opéra ; Their gratitude ; La nonne sanglante ; I go to London ; Jullien of Drury Lane ; Scribe ; He who serves at the altar --
My father's death ; La Côte Saint-André ; I visit Meylan ; Intense loneliness ; The stella del monte once more ; I write to her --
My sister's death ; My wife's death ; Her funeral ; The Odéon ; My position in the musical world ; The theatre virtually closed to me owing to the hatreds I have aroused ; Cabal at Covent Garden ; The Paris Conservatoire and its circle ; A symphony dreamed and forgotten ; The welcome I receive in Germany ; The King of Hanover ; The Duke of Weimar ; The King of Saxony's intendant ; My farewells. Postface. I have finished ; The institute ; Concerts in the Palace of Industry ; Jullien ; The vibrations of eternity ; The Trojans ; Performances in Paris ; Beatrice and Benedict ; Performances in Baden and Weimar ; Visit to Loewenburg ; The conservatoire concerts ; Festival at Strasbourg ; Death of my second wife ; Last cemetery tales : To hell with everything. Travels in Dauphiné. Second pilgrimage to Meylan ; Twenty-four hours in Lyons ; I see Madame F. again ; A heart in turmoil.
Other Titles: Mémoires.
Responsibility: translated and edited by David Cairns.

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