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Berlioz: Volume One

The Making of an Artist, 1803-1832 — 1 edition

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This edition published in by University of California Press

Written in English

672 pages

This first volume of David Cairns's biography of Berlioz, first published a decade ago (when it won the Royal Philharmonic Society's Music Awards, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year and The British Academies Derek Allen Prize) and now re-issued in a revised and corrected second edition, transforms our view of the composer of the Fantastic Symphony and has established itself as one of the outstanding biographies of any musician in English: "It is already clear," wrote one critic, "that Cairns is doing for Berlioz what Ernest Newman did for Wagner." In Berlioz: The Making of an Artist Cairns describes with unprecedented intimacy, affection and respect the early years of one of France's greatest artists. In researching the life Cairns has had access to a wealth of family papers. He is able to portray all the people close to Berlioz in his boyhood and to evoke a detailed picture of their existence in and around La Cote St. Andre in the foothills of the French Alps. No artists achievement connects more directly with early experience than that of Berlioz, whose passionate sensibility began to absorb the material of his art long before he had heard any musical ensemble other than the local town band, and few artists have had to fight their way through a more intense family drama in order to follow their vocation. To be given an authentic sense of the place and the people involved, and of Berlioz's response to them, is to be taken to the heart of the man. The same is true of Berlioz's student years in Paris, where he tried to please his father by attending medical school but soon found the pull of music irresistible. He immersed himself in the works of Gluck and Spontini; studied with Jean-Francois Le Sueur, at first privately, then at the Conservatoire; won the Prix de Rome at his fifth attempt; and spent the obligatory year in Italy. Those simple statements cover a turmoil of commitment, defiance, experiment, frustration and achievements, all of which Cairns brings to life. - Jacket flap.

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Cover of: Berlioz: Volume One
Berlioz: Volume One: The Making of an Artist, 1803-1832
October 1, 2003, University of California Press
Paperback in English - 1 edition
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Berlioz: Volume One: The Making of an Artist, 1803-1832
March 6, 2000, University of California Press
Hardcover in English - 1 edition

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This first volume of David Cairns's biography of Berlioz, first published a decade ago (when it won the Royal Philharmonic Society's Music Awards, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year and The British Academies Derek Allen Prize) and now re-issued in a revised and corrected second edition, transforms our view of the composer of the Fantastic Symphony and has established itself as one of the outstanding biographies of any musician in English: "It is already clear," wrote one critic, "that Cairns is doing for Berlioz what Ernest Newman did for Wagner." In Berlioz: The Making of an Artist Cairns describes with unprecedented intimacy, affection and respect the early years of one of France's greatest artists. In researching the life Cairns has had access to a wealth of family papers. He is able to portray all the people close to Berlioz in his boyhood and to evoke a detailed picture of their existence in and around La Cote St. Andre in the foothills of the French Alps. No artists achievement connects more directly with early experience than that of Berlioz, whose passionate sensibility began to absorb the material of his art long before he had heard any musical ensemble other than the local town band, and few artists have had to fight their way through a more intense family drama in order to follow their vocation. To be given an authentic sense of the place and the people involved, and of Berlioz's response to them, is to be taken to the heart of the man. The same is true of Berlioz's student years in Paris, where he tried to please his father by attending medical school but soon found the pull of music irresistible. He immersed himself in the works of Gluck and Spontini; studied with Jean-Francois Le Sueur, at first privately, then at the Conservatoire; won the Prix de Rome at his fifth attempt; and spent the obligatory year in Italy. Those simple statements cover a turmoil of commitment, defiance, experiment, frustration and achievements, all of which Cairns brings to life. - Jacket flap.

Table of Contents

Prologue
The green and golden plain
Episodes in the early life of an artist
Dream kingdoms
Estelle
Hector the musician
To Paris
Apprentice composer
A time of trial
First performance
"They manage as they can"
Frustrations of a dramatist
Les frances-juges
"Gluck was a romantic"
Epiphany at the Odeon
The revelation of Beethoven
"A debut that will lead somewhere"
Second prize
Scenes from Faust
Burning in the void
In the steps of the master
The rebel and the schoolmen
A vital consolidation
The Fantastic Symphony
Camille
Revolution and the Prix de Rome
Prospero and Ariel
Tempests
Return to life
Fruitful idleness
"To feel that we exist"
"Si je n'etais captif"
Homecoming

Edition Notes

"First California printing 2000. First published by Allen Lane, The Penguin Press 1999. Originally published: London : A. Deutsch, 1989." - T.p. verso.

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
xxiv, 647 p.
Number of pages
672
Dimensions
9.6 x 6.6 x 2.1 inches
Weight
2.9 pounds

ID Numbers

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OL7710817M
ISBN 10
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ISBN 13
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Library Thing
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Goodreads
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