Berlioz in time: from early recognition to lasting renown /

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Bloom, Peter,


University of Rochester Press,, Volume v. 183, Rochester, NY, United States , p.xxii, 352 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00815447, (OCoLC)fst00871620, Art appreciation., Biographies., Biography., Composers, Composers., Compositeurs, fast, France


Includes bibliographical references and indexes.Prologue : from early recognition to lasting renown -- Berlioz in the year of the Symphonie fantastique -- Berlioz and the translators : from Scott to Shakespeare -- Berlioz and Liszt in the locker room -- Berlioz's directorship of the Théâtre-Italien -- The local politics of Berlioz's Symphonie militaire -- In the shadows of Les Nuits d'été -- Berlioz, Delacroix, and La Mort d'Ophèlie -- Berlioz's "mission" to Germany : a revealing document recovered -- Berlioz and Wagner : Épisodes de la vie des artistes -- Imperialism and the ending of Les Troyens -- Berlioz's "To be or not to be" -- Berlioz, Beatrice, and Much ado about nothing -- Berlioz writing the life of Berlioz -- Epilogue : Berlioz and the B's : Boschot, Barzun, and beyond."This book is a collection of thirteen essays culled from the several books and hundreds of articles I have published and lectures I have given over the years (nearly fifty of them) on the life and work of Hector Berlioz. Organized in a chronological order determined by the essential subject matter of each essay, the book treats in detail some of composer's individual works (the Symphonie fantastique, the Symphonie funèbre et triomphale, Les Nuits d'été, La Mort d'Ophèlie, Les Troyens, Béatrice et Bénédict), some of the composer's relationships with his most famous contemporaries (Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner), some of the composer's most important concerns (his quest for an administrative position; his travels abroad; his fascination with English literature), the composer's most important book (Les Mèmoires d'Hector Berlioz), and some of his most important critics (from shortly after his death, from the twentieth century, and from the early part of the present century). In a brief Prelude, I explain the origins of the book, aspects of my career as a Berliozian, the main theme of much of my research ("politics," loosely defined), and some of the particular concerns to be treated in the texts that follow. In a brief Postlude, I treat the work of Berlioz's important critics based in part on an article of mine that appeared only in French; and I conclude with a note on the current state of Berlioz studies and some thoughts on the needs for the immediate future. Although this is essentially a collection of previously published material, it is my intention seriously to revise it in such a way as to avoid needless repetition over the course of the thirteen chapters, to bring up to date not every last detail but certain crucial matters, and to correct a number of errors and oversights. The material previously published in French and German will, in English, be entirely new"--