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Selected Letters of Berlioz
     

Selected Letters of Berlioz

by Hugh MacDonald, Roger Nichols (Translator)
 

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An entrancing, firsthand portrait of one of the nineteenth century's most prolificcomposers and men of letters. One of the foremost composers of his generation, Hector Berlioz was even more influential as an arbiter of musical taste and a writer of critical essays, published in the Parisian Journal des debats. But professional journalism was a sometimes unwelcome

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An entrancing, firsthand portrait of one of the nineteenth century's most prolificcomposers and men of letters. One of the foremost composers of his generation, Hector Berlioz was even more influential as an arbiter of musical taste and a writer of critical essays, published in the Parisian Journal des debats. But professional journalism was a sometimes unwelcome task for this supreme intellectual, who felt hindered by considerations of diplomacy and censorship. Letter writing, on the other hand, provided him a freer outlet for creative expression, and his surviving correspondences number over several thousand. From that extraordinary output Hugh Macdonald has gathered some 500 letters that span Berlioz's life and chart the course of his artistic career. Dipped into or read straight through, Selected Letters of Berlioz is highly entertaining and informative reading for any music lover. In the words of poet W. H. Auden, "In order to understand the nineteenth century, it is essential to understand Berlioz."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393040623
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/25/1997
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.42(h) x 1.48(d)

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