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Form, Program, and Metaphor in the Music of Berlioz

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  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521884044

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  • Few aspects of Berlioz's style are more idiosyncratic than his handling of musical form. This book, the first devoted solely to the topic, explores how his formal strategies are related to the poetic and dramatic sentiments that were his very reason for being. Rodgers draws upon Berlioz's ideas about musical representation and on the ideas that would have influenced him, arguing that the relationship between musical and extra-musical narrative in Berlioz's music is best construed as metaphorical rather than literal - 'intimate' but 'indirect' in Berlioz's words. Focusing on a type of varied-repetitive form that Berlioz used to evoke poetic ideas such as mania, obsession, and meditation, the book shows how, far from disregarding form when pushing the limits of musical evocation, Berlioz harnessed its powers to convey these ideas even more vividly.

    • Includes numerous score examples, enabling readers to learn more about the specific pieces
    • Combines music-theoretical and humanistic thinking, allowing readers to explore not only Berlioz's music but also the broader intellectual currents that fed into it
    • Epilogue suggests avenues for future research, encouraging students and scholars to build upon the ideas in the book
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521884044
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Preliminary examples and recent theories
    3. Form as metaphor
    4. Mixing genres, mixing forms: sonata and song in Le Carnaval romain
    5. The vague des passions, monomania, and the first movement of the Symphonie fantastique
    6. Love's emergence and fulfillment: the Scène d'amour from Roméo et Juliette
    7. Epilogue.

  • Author

    Stephen Rodgers, University of Oregon

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