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Autobiography of Hector Berlioz

Autobiography of Hector Berlioz
Member of the Institute of France, from 1803 to 1869; Comprising his Travels in Italy, Germany, Russia, and England

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  • Date Published: June 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108031929

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  • Hector Berlioz (1803–69) was one of the most original and colourful composers of his generation whose music was in many ways ahead of its time. He was also a respected journalist and critic. Begun in 1848, his celebrated Mémoires were completed by 1865 but published posthumously in 1870. They are the best-known of his writings and reflect the man - passionate, imaginative, idealistic, opinionated and witty - and give a fascinating, first-hand, insight into his life. He shares his uncompromising thoughts on his contemporaries and the musical establishment in France, writes candidly about his love affairs and engagingly on his music and travels. This first English translation from the original French, published in 1884, will appeal to the music lover and the general reader. Volume 1 (1803–41) includes his childhood in the Isère, studies in Paris, struggles to establish himself and travels in Italy during 1831–2.

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    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108031929
    • length: 358 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. La Côte St. André
    2. My father
    3. Meylan
    4. First music lessons from my father
    5. A year of medical studies
    6. I become one of Lesueur's pupils
    7. A first opera
    8. Augustin de Pons
    9. First interview with Cherubini
    10. My father withdraws my allowance
    11. I return to Paris
    12. I compete for a place as chorus singer, and get it
    13. First composition for the orchestra
    14. Competition at the Conservatoire
    15. Evenings at the Opéra
    16. Weber at the Odéon
    17. Prejudice against operas with Italian words
    18. Shakespeare
    19. A futile concert
    20. Beethoven at the Conservatoire
    21. Fatality
    22. The competition for musical composition
    23. The Academy porter
    24. Miss Smithson again
    25. My third trial at the Conservatoire
    26. I read Goethe's Faust for the first time
    27. Fantasia on The Tempest
    28. A violent distraction
    29. Fourth competition at the Conservatoire
    30. Distribution of prizes at the Conservatoire
    31. My second concert
    32. Marseilles to Leghorn
    33. The scholars of the Academy
    34. Drama
    35. The theatres at Genoa and Florence
    36. Life at the Academy
    37. Sport in the mountains
    38. Subiaco
    39. Life of a musician in Rome
    40. The spleen
    41. Naples
    42. Influenza in Rome
    43. Florence
    44. The Censorship
    45. Benefit and concert at the Théâtre Italien
    46. An order for a requiem
    47. Performance of my Lacrymosa at Lille
    48. Mdlle. Bertin's Esmeralda
    49. Concert of December 16, 1838
    50. Order from M. de Rémusat to write the Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale
    51. Brussels.

  • Author

    Hector Berlioz

    Translators

    Rachel Holmes

    Eleanor Holmes

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