Berlioz and His Century: An Introduction to the Age of Romanticism

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University of Chicago Press, 1982 M08 15 - 448 páginas
In this abridgment of his monumental study, Berlioz and the Romantic Century, Jacques Barzun recounts the events and extraordinary achievements of the great composer's life against the background of the romantic era. As the author eloquently demonstrates, Berloiz was an archetype whose destiny was the story of an age, the incarnation of an artistic style and a historical spirit. "In order to understand the nineteenth century, it is essential to understand Berlioz," notes W. H. Auden, "and in order to understand Berlioz, it is essential to read Professor Barzun."

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As someone w/o a lot of interest in classical music, I picked this up because Barzun wrote it and was very pleasantly surprised ... it really gave me some new perspectives on the history of this kind of music. Leer comentario completo

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WHY BERLIOZ? 1982
7
PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION 1956
9
Time Place Persons
15
Music on the Mountain
25
Opera and Conservatoire
37
Faustian Man
65
Revolution in July
85
Reverie and Passion
103
The ConductorComposer
213
Faust and Philosophy
229
Song in Time of Revolution
241
Vision of a Virtuoso
261
Victorian London
278
Religious History
297
Virgilian Music Drama
316
Esthetes at War
339

Roman Holiday
110
Recollected in Tranquillity
130
The Gothic Tradition
145
The Hero as Artist
166
The Dramatic Symphony
175
Vox Populi
186
Music for Europe
198
Prosperos Farewell
360
Empire and Industry
374
Holy Russia and Giddy France
401
Memorys End
409
NOTES
413
INDEX
438
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Jacques Barzun, University Professor Emeritus at Columbia, is the author of the classic Teacher in America and The American University. His books published by the University of Chicago Press include On Writing, Editing, and Publishing; Classic, Romantic, and Modern; The House of Intellect; A Stroll with William James; and Begin Here.

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