The Art of Music and Other Essays
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The Art of Music and Other Essays : A Travers Chants

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Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) was equally prominent as composer and music critic. A Travers Chants is the collection of writings he himself selected form his 30-odd years of music journalism. This new translation, phrased in lively, idiomatic English and annotated for the modern reader, is illustrated with lithographs and drawings from Berlioz's lifetime.show more

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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 163.1 x 240.8 x 25.9mm | 656.9g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253311640
  • 9780253311641

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Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) was equally prominent as composer and author. According to Harold Schonberg, he was the "foremost music critic of his time, possibly of all time". A Travers Chants is the collection of writings he himself selected from his thirty-odd years of musical journalism. These essays cover a wide spectrum of intellectual inquiry: Beethoven's nine symphonies and his opera, Fidelio; Wagner and the partisans of the "Music of the Future"; Berlioz's idols - Gluck, Weber, and Mozart. There is an eloquent plea to stop the constant rise in concert pitch (an issue still discussed today), a serious piece on the place of music in church, and a humorous and imaginative account of musical customs in China. But Berlioz's writings also contain biting satire and ridicule - of opera singers, of the Academy, of dilettantism. This new translation, phrased in lively, idiomatic English and annotated for the twentieth-century reader, is illustrated with lithographs and drawings from Berlioz's lifetime. Berlioz's writings are a treasure-house of information on nineteenth-century musical life, performance practice, and taste.show more

About Hector Berlioz

ELIZABETH CSICSERY-RONAY, based in Brussels, is a translator of both French and Hungarian. Her articles and music reviews have been published in Berlioz Society Bulletin, Opera News, and Musical America.show more

Table of contents

FORWARD BY Jacques Barzun TranslatorOs Note Acknowledgments The Art of Music A Critical Study of BeethovenOs Nine Symphonies A Few Words about the Trios and Sonatas of Beethoven Fidelio Beethoven in the Rings of Saturn The Emoluments of Singers The Current State of the Art of Singing Good Singers and Bad GluckOs Orphee Lines Written Soon After the First Performance of Orphee at the Theatre-Lyrique The Alceste of Euripides and Those of Quinault and Calzabigi The Revival of GluckOs Alceste at the Opera Instruments Added by Modern Composers to the Scores of Old Masters High and Low Sounds Der Freischutz Oberon Abu-Hassan; The Abduction from the Seraglio The Method Discovered by M. Delsarte for Tuning Instruments On Church Music Musical Customs of China Letter to the Academy of Fine Arts of the Institue The Rise in Concert Pitch The End Is Near The Richard Wagner Concerts Sunt Lacrymae Rerum The Symphonies of H. Reber; Stephen Heller Romeo and Juliet Concerning a Ballet Based on Faust To Be or Not to Be Appendix: The Lapdog School Notes Indexshow more

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