Berlioz in Time
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374 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

5 b/w, 3 color, 8 line illus.

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Series Vol. Number: 183

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

Berlioz in Time

From Early Recognition to Lasting Renown

by Peter Bloom

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Fourteen revealing essays by a prominent Berlioz authority on some of the composer's acclaimed compositions (the Symphonie fantastique, Les Nuits d'été, Les Troyens) and writings (the celebrated Mémoires).

Written for both music lovers and scholars, these essays probe some of Berlioz's major works, including the Symphonie fantastique (the period of whose genesis is newly explored), Les Nuits d'été (whose origins are newly clarified by a revelation regarding Berlioz's possible muse), the Symphonie militaire (whose existence is examined in the period before it became the Symphonie funèbre et triomphale), Les Troyens (whose epilogue is seen as a paean to Napoléon III), and Béatrice et Bénédict (whose text reveals extraordinary understanding of the original play).

The essays consider anew Berlioz's relationships with Franz Liszt (with whom the composer shared intimate details of his marriage to Harriet Smithson) and Richard Wagner (by whom the Frenchman was both charmed and alarmed), his travels in Germany (revealed as having had a specifically administrative purpose), his appreciation of English literature and Shakespeare (on whose work he was considered an expert), his modus operandi in composing the Mémoires, and his major twentieth-century biographers. Of conspicuous concern are the "politics" of a man sometimes erroneously viewed as distant from the political arena.

This book is openly available in digital format thanks to generous funding from The New Berlioz Edition Trust.
Prologue: From Early Recognition to Lasting Renown
1 Berlioz in the Year of the Symphonie fantastique
2 Berlioz and the Translators
3 Berlioz and Liszt in the Locker Room
4 Berlioz's Directorship of the Théâtre-Italien
5 The Local Politics of Berlioz's Symphonie militaire
6 In the Shadows of Les Nuits d'été
7 Berlioz, Delacroix, and La Mort d'Ophélie
8 Berlioz's "Mission" to Germany: A Revealing Document Recovered
9 Berlioz and Wagner: Épisodes de la vie des artistes
10 Imperialism and the Ending of Les Troyens
11 Berlioz's "To be or not to be"
12 Berlioz, Béatrice, and Much Ado About Nothing
13 Berlioz Writing the Life of Berlioz
Epilogue: Berlioz and the B's: Boschot, Barzun, and Beyond
Notes
Bibliography
Index

PETER BLOOM is the Grace Jarcho Ross Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Smith College.

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9781648250200

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Title Details

374 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

5 b/w, 3 color, 8 line illus.

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Series Vol. Number: 183

Imprint: University of Rochester Press