The Art of Music and Other Essays

The Art of Music and Other Essays

(A Travers Chants)
Berlioz, Hector
Distribution: World
Publication date: 06/22/1994
Format: Hardback 11 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-31164-1
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Berlioz the person-composer-writer is the sensitive child of his century and a most passionate voice of his time." —The Opera Quarterly

Berlioz could hardly have been better served than by the translator of this English edition... It is an invaluable and long-overdue addition to the Berlioz literature in English. Elisabeth Csicsery-Rónay has given us an A travers chants for the millennium." —Music and Letters

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) was equally prominent as composer and music critic. A Travers Chants is the collection of writings he himself selected from his thirty-odd years of musical journalism. This new translation, phrased in lively, idiomatic English and annotated for the twentieth-century reader, is illustrated with lithographs and drawings from Berlioz’s lifetime.

Author Bio

ELIZABETH CSICSERY-RÓNAY, based in Brussels, is a translator of both French and Hungarian. Her articles and music reviews have been published in Berlioz Society Bulletin, Opera News, and Musical America.

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Table of Contents

FORWARD BY Jacques Barzun
Translator’s Note

The Art of Music
A Critical Study of Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies
A Few Words about the Trios and Sonatas of Beethoven
Beethoven in the Rings of Saturn
The Emoluments of Singers
The Current State of the Art of Singing
Good Singers and Bad
Gluck’s Orphee
Lines Written Soon After the First Performance of Orphee at the Theatre-Lyrique
The Alceste of Euripides and Those of Quinault and Calzabigi
The Revival of Gluck’s Alceste at the Opera
Instruments Added by Modern Composers to the Scores of Old Masters
High and Low Sounds
Der Freischutz
Oberon Abu-Hassan; The Abduction from the Seraglio
The Method Discovered by M. Delsarte for Tuning Instruments
On Church Music
Musical Customs of China
Letter to the Academy of Fine Arts of the Institue
The Rise in Concert Pitch
The End Is Near
The Richard Wagner Concerts
Sunt Lacrymae Rerum
The Symphonies of H. Reber; Stephen Heller
Romeo and Juliet
Concerning a Ballet Based on Faust
To Be or Not to Be

Appendix: The Lapdog School