The Cambridge companion to Berlioz

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Bloom, Peter.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Series: Cambridge companions to music.
Online Access: Online version
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Anticipating the Berlioz bicentennial in 2003, this compilation of 18 essays by 17 authors covers a broad range of topics. Bloom (Smith College) and most of the contributors are well-known Berlioz specialists. Topics include Berlioz's music and its performance; his writings; his relationships with Gluck, Mozart, Beethoven, and Wagner; and his influence in France since his death. Five essays on the major musical genres present brief descriptions of major works in each category. The longest essay is on performance, which considers Berlioz's tempo markings in detail, performance materials available, and the recent history of authentic performances. Bloom includes a chronology and an annotated bibliography focusing on recent scholarship. Although there is no list of works, a well-hidden appendix (not included in the table of contents nor placed with other supplementary material) does list all the volumes of the "New Edition of the Complete Works." Many of the endnotes are explanatory, but the index is limited to proper names. Recommended for all collections. R. R. Smith; Rhode Island College

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