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Berlioz's Semi-Operas: Romeo et Juliette and La damnation de Faust
     

Berlioz's Semi-Operas: Romeo et Juliette and La damnation de Faust

by Daniel Albright
 

ISBN-10: 1580460941

ISBN-13: 9781580460941

Pub. Date: 07/02/2006

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited

This work studies two works that are among the most challenging of the entire Romantic Movement, not least because they assault the notion of genre: they take place in a sort of limbo between symphony and opera, and try to fulfill the highest goals of each simultaneously. Berlioz was a composer who strenuously resisted any impediments that stood in the way of

Overview

This work studies two works that are among the most challenging of the entire Romantic Movement, not least because they assault the notion of genre: they take place in a sort of limbo between symphony and opera, and try to fulfill the highest goals of each simultaneously. Berlioz was a composer who strenuously resisted any impediments that stood in the way of complete compositional freedom. Most of his large-scale works nevertheless obey the strictures of some preexistent form, whether opera or symphony or mass or cantata; it is chiefly in these two experiments that Berlioz allowed himself to be Berlioz. One of the central characteristics of Romanticism is the belief that all arts are one, that literature, painting, and music have a common origin and a common goal; and this book tries to show that Berlioz achieved a Gesamtkunstwerk, a fusion of arts, in a manner even more impressive (in certain respects) than that of Wagner, in that Berlioz implicated into his total-art-work texts by two of the greatest poets of Western literature, Shakespeare and Goethe. The method of this book is unusual in that it pays equally close attention to the original text (Romeo and Juliet and Faust) as well as to the musical adaptation; furthermore, it suggests many analogues in the operatic world which Berlioz knew -- the world of Gluck, Mozart, Mehul, Spontini, Cherubini -- in order to show exactly how Berlioz followed or flouted the dramatic conventions of his age. This book aims to contribute to Berlioz studies, to studies of the Romantic Movement, and to the rapidly growing field of comparative arts. Daniel Albright is Richard L. Turner Professor in the Humanities at the University of Rochester.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580460941
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
07/02/2006
Series:
Eastman Studies in Music , #14
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
0.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
List of Music Examplesix
Prefacexi
I.Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet1
1.Introduction1
2.The Veronese Social Code2
3.The Code of Love12
4.Love against Language21
II.From Shakespeare to Berlioz29
1.The Afterlife of Romeo and Juliet29
2.La lance branlee34
III.Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette39
1.Berlioz in the Plural39
2.Romeo et Juliette: Introduction and Prologue45
3.Romeo et Juliette: The Symphony55
4.Romeo et Juliette: The Opera Resumes71
IV.Goethe's Faust81
1.Introduction81
2.Getting Lost in Domains of Desire82
3.The Garden of Forking Paths87
4.A Real Girl89
5.Wall-purging93
6.Fairy Optics96
7.Traveling South97
8.Rhymes and Similes100
V.From Goethe to Berlioz106
1.Goethe in France106
VI.Berlioz's La damnation de Faust110
1.The Anti-Faust110
2.Berlioz contra Goethe112
3.Psychological Melodies115
4.Feigned Opera120
5.The Dismemberment of Berlioz130
6.Toward Gounod132
Notes133
Biblography of Works Cited138
Index141

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