Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette

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Berlioz's dramatic symphony is certainly among his most original works and is regarded by many as his finest. With the intent of understanding its dramatic implications, this study summarizes the complex genesis of the work and provides the libretto in English and French.
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Overview

Berlioz's dramatic symphony is certainly among his most original works and is regarded by many as his finest. With the intent of understanding its dramatic implications, this study summarizes the complex genesis of the work and provides the libretto in English and French.
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"...an excellent analysis of Berlioz's dramatic symphony for chorus, solo voices, and orchestra....Highly recommended for all collections as an insightful guide to this compex work." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521373975
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/1994
  • Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 129
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations and acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 The genesis of Romeo et Juliette 7
3 Berlioz, Shakespeare, and Garrick 15
4 Exordium: Introduction and Prologue; Romeo seul 21
5 The heart of the matter: Scene d'amour; La reine Mab 35
6 Tragedy and rcconciliation: Convoi funebre; Romeo au tombeau; Finale 47
7 A view from 1839 by Stephen Heller 60
8 Performance and reception: 1839 and beyond 70
9 Afterword: Romeo et Juliette as covert opera 80
Appendix 1: (a) Berlioz's Preface 87
Appendix 1: (b) Berlioz's note on Romeo au tombeau des Capulets 88
Appendix 1: (c) Berlioz's observations on performance 88
Appendix 1: (d) Berlioz on the 'genre instrumental expressif' 90
Appendix 2: Texts of: (a) Prologue 91
Appendix 2: Texts of: (b) Finale 95
Appendix 2: Texts of: (c) The discarded Second Prologue 100
Notes 102
Select bibliography 115
Index 118
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