Berlioz studies (Cambridge Composer Studies) by Peter Bloom

By Peter Bloom

This quantity includes 9 gigantic essays by way of the world's best Berlioz students. They hide a number of points of Berlioz's existence and works and signify an incredible contribution to Berlioz examine. The ebook comprises essays in keeping with files, either biographical and musical, that provide us, between different issues, a portrait of the artist as a tender guy and a revealing view of a major yet little-studied paintings of his adulthood. There are readings of Romeo et Juliette and l. a. Damnation de Faust that strive against anew with the issues of the relationships among literature and track and - as Berlioz's song almost always calls for - with the issues of style. perspectives of Berlioz's Les Nuits d'été are offered which ask whilst and why the paintings used to be conceived, and the way the paintings coheres. the sensible query of Berlioz's metronome marks are the following completely studied for the 1st time. the quantity closes with a unique piece, in discussion shape, via the elder statesman of Berlioz students, Jacques Barzun, who treats with extraordinary grace the profound concerns raised by means of Berlioz the fellow and musician.

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22 (Paris, 1883) 161. 11 DAVID CAIRNS Above all, the Livre de Raison explains why Dr Berlioz was so opposed to his son's vocation and why he fought the unequal battle against it so long. The book is the record, the loving record, of a family and its history and possessions, kept by a man who is deeply conscious of his links with his forebears and of his duty to consolidate what they achieved and hand it on intact and flourishing to his descendants - a father who dreams of his eldest son becoming his successor both as doctor and benefactor of the poor and as custodian of the estate.

In fact, quite a number which the Correspondance generate designates ' Coll. Reboul' are no longer there. 35 What must be of concern is the rest of the collection: the Livre de Raison, Nancy's diaries, and the large mass of correspondence, as yet uncatalogued, of which this article gives a sample. It is to be hoped they will be kept intact, not scattered. Individually most of them may be of small account and have little if any monetary value. Collectively they constitute a social history of a small corner of France made all the more interesting by its links - links often strained but never broken - with the great artist it engendered.

The Danse des esclaves in Act IV of Les Troy ens is marked J = 122, an enigmatic entry since the music is in \ and there is no 122 on the scale. The 10 CG V, 227. 22 Berlioz and the metronome music simply cannot be played at ]. = 122, so it is not a question of a missing dot (such an error could easily arise since Berlioz always expressed his MMs in the form 122 = J. with the note-value, not the metronome number, last; the dot could be mistaken by an engraver for a full stop and omitted). If we suppose that Berlioz correctly gave the note-value as a crotchet, the speed could then be expressed as J.

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