Discovering Berlioz
Title Details

400 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

20 colour. 100 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Musicians on Music

Imprint: Toccata Press

Discovering Berlioz

Essays, Reviews, Talks

by David Cairns

  • Description
  • Reviews
The writings of David Cairns have played a major part in the relatively recent acceptance of Berlioz as a central figure in western classical music. Discovering Berlioz collects articles, lectures and other texts from several decades of advocacy, throwing new light on this outsize personality - the Romantic composer par excellence.
For the past half-century and more David Cairns has been one of the world's pre-eminent Berlioz scholars, translating Berlioz's freewheeling memoirs and writing a monumental biography of the composer that earned a procession of awards. But many of Cairns' writings on Berlioz were intended for particular audiences - the Berlioz Society Bulletin, articles in books and journals, contributions to newspapers (he was a critic for The Sunday Times for 25 years) and lectures - and have never been collected between a single set of covers. Discovering Berlioz presents nearly 40 essays from the past five decades that even now throw unexpected light on this most quixotic and profound of composers - firebrand and philosopher almost in the same breath.
These articles follow the chronology of Berlioz's life, examining the influences of his provincial childhood on his music, the revelations of Virgil, Gluck, Shakespeare and Beethoven, the tribulations of his professional life in Paris, when the pressure to earn a living as a reviewer and writer robbed him of the time he should have spent on composition, and finally focusing on the masterpiece that crowned Berlioz's difficult life, the operatic epic Les Troyens. Discovering Berlioz also charts the history of Berlioz reception: the composer who in the mid-twentieth century was regarded as aneccentric outsider is now seen as one of the most vital figures in the history of western music - a re-assessment for which David Cairns himself deserves much of the credit.
"Interest and diversity are maintained throughout...crammed full of useful, relevant and readable insights. For readers both familiar and unfamiliar with the biographical and musical material that occupy Cairns's first three Berlioz volumes, not to mention complete beginners with this composer, this should be an essential purchase." GRAMOPHONE
"Full of reminiscences, rich in appreciation of the great Berlioz conductors and scholars of the past and present, Cairns's book is a goldmine of analysis and memories." MUSICAL OPINION

Hardcover

9780907689584

November 2019

Buy

£39.50 / $59.00

Shipping Options

Buy

Buy

Purchasing options are not available in this country.

Title Details

400 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

20 colour. 100 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Musicians on Music

Imprint: Toccata Press