Berlioz, Vol. 2

The conclusion to David Cairns s epic biography of Hector Berlioz has been eagerly awaited ever since the first volume, Berlioz The Making of an Artist, appeared in 1989 With an achievement as massive as that highly praised volume, part of the tension of waiting for the follow up involves wondering whether Cairns can capture again the sweep, the vividness, and the power of his first book But he has managed to do exactly thatCairns picks up the story at the time of Berlioz s marriage to Harriet Smithson in 1833, with whom he had been obsessively infatuated for so long It s a mournful story, with her alcoholism, their separation in 1844, and her premature death in 1854 Cairns links the vicissitudes of Berlioz s own life directly with his music the composition of La Mort d Oph lie marks the symbolic end of their marriage The elegiac significance of this infinitely sad melody would be hard to miss Cairns writes sensitively and evocatively about Berlioz s music, and one of the central pillars of this second volume is a compelling defense of the composer s Les Troyens 1856 , his much maligned and chopped about operatic masterpiece Critics of the day were not kind so vulgar, so badly designed and so distorted with impossible modulations that one would take it to be the music of a deaf man, said one There were many cartoons, which Cairns reprints, along the lines of new method of killing cattle to be introduced at all slaughterhouses, in which an ox is pictured felled by having The Trojans played to it through a large tuba But Cairns convincingly demonstrates just how far ahead of his time Berlioz was and how heroic was his struggle to have this titanic opera performed and accepted in the teeth of persistent obstacles It is Cairns s opinion that Berlioz, like the biblical man, was born to trouble as the sparks fly upwards His biography follows the tragedies and the triumphs of this larger than life individual with a narrative force as gripping as a good novelAdam Roberts Free Read Books Berlioz, Vol. 2 By David Cairns –, Vol. 2

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  • Hardcover
  • 907 pages
  • Berlioz, Vol. 2
  • David Cairns
  • English
  • 13 March 2017
  • 0520222008

10 thoughts on “Berlioz, Vol. 2

  1. says:

    This is the second volume of the definitive English biography of Hector Berlioz It has been almost a year and a half since I finished the first volume because it was so long I kept putting other books ahead of it, which I need to learn not to do This volume begins with his marriage to Harriet Smithson, and ends with his death it covers the period of most of his important works The works are all discussed, but without too much technical musical detail the focus is on the life of the compose This is the se...

  2. says:

    Nice to see it put so succinctly, and that I m indeed in great company, as I never doubted.

  3. says:

    See my comments on the first volume of this two book set.

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