Berlioz: Past, Present, Future

Berlioz: Past, Present, Future

Edited by Peter Bloom


University of Rochester Press



A collection of essays commemorating Hector Berlioz's life and work on the 200th anniversary of his birth.
This far-reaching collection of heretofore unpublished studies ushers in the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Hector Berlioz [1803-1869]. The contributors include leading music historians and two prominent historians of culture, Peter Gay and Jacques Barzun. The essays discuss Berlioz's views of the music of the "past," Berlioz's interactions with music and musicians of his "present," and views of Berlioz during the several generations after his death [the "future"]. A long-awaited piece by Richard Macnutt meticulously inventories and investigates more than two hundred letters and documents that are now known to have been forged but that have sometimes been accepted as authentic. Further contributions, from David Charlton, Heather Hadlock, Sylvia L'Ecuyer, Katherine Kolb, Catherine Massip, Kerry Murphy, Jean-Michel Nectoux, Cecile Reynaud, and Lesley Wright, consider specific aspects of Berlioz's creative work and critical reception.

The editor, Peter Bloom, is Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities in the Department of Music at Smith College. His scholarly work has focused primarily on the life and work of Berlioz. He is a member of the Panel of Advisors of the New Berlioz Edition and the author of The Life of Berlioz.

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June 2003
15 black and white illustrations
232 pages
6x9 in
Eastman Studies in Music
ISBN: 9781580460477
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC MUS020000, LCO010000, MUS050000
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Table of Contents

Berlioz's Berlioz - Peter Gay
Catherine Massip, "Berlioz and Early Music"
David Charlton, "Learning the Past"
Sylvia L'Ecuyer, "Joseph d'Origue's 'Autopsy' of Benvenuto Cellini"Cellini"
Katherine Kolb, "Plots and Politics: Berlioz's Tales of Sound and Fury"and Fury"
Kerry Murphy, "Berlioz, Meyerbeer, and the Place of Jewishness in Criticism"Criticism"
Cecile Reynaud, "Berlioz, Liszt, Virtuosity"
Heather Hadlock, "Berlioz, Ophelia, and Feminist Hermeneutics"
Jean-Michel Nectoux, "Berlioz in 1900: Between Fervor and Fear"
Lesley Wright, "Berlioz in the Fin-de-siècle Press"
"Berlioz Forgeries" Richard Macnutt
Fourteen Points about Berlioz and the Public,or Why There Is Still a Berlioz Problem - Jacques Barzun


All in all, a wonderful book to mark the birthday anniversary of a composer whose life and works deserve to be celebrated most noisily! OPERA QUARTERLY

A compendium of first-rate musicological research and reportage that easily lives up to its ambitious title. CHOICE

New and uncommon perspectives on Berlioz research . . . [including on] Berlioz's political consciousness and contemporary awareness of his political attitudes. . . . [Barzun] reveal[s] misunderstandings and clichéd opinions that still exist today about Berlioz. MUSIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION NOTES [Frank Heidlberger]

Excellent volume. GRAMOPHONE

Brilliant discussion...extremely pertinent yet diverse analyses....This work, in its very diversity, has the clear advantage of the universality of Berlioz's genius. AD PARNASSUM

Well-written and impeccably edited. . . . An outstanding Afterword by Jacques Barzun. FRENCH REVIEW [Laurence M. Porter]

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