Author Topic: Hector Berlioz  (Read 33902 times)

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Re: Hector Berlioz
« Reply #340 on: August 29, 2016, 05:42:04 PM »
If he programmes a Grande Messe, I will know he really has lost Le Plot.

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Re: Hector Berlioz
« Reply #341 on: July 27, 2017, 05:23:18 AM »
After a long hiatus, I reread the Memoirs of Hector Berlioz, all 500 pages, and listened to various works including Harold in Italy 10x after downloading the score. Anyone else doing Berlioz these days?

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Re: Hector Berlioz
« Reply #342 on: July 27, 2017, 05:51:58 AM »
Not presently, but I am always ready to return to Berlioziana  8)
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Re: Hector Berlioz
« Reply #343 on: July 27, 2017, 07:18:28 AM »
Not presently, but I am always ready to return to Berlioziana  8)

Thanks to IMSLP, stuff that would have escaped while only listening to Harold, the downloaded score revealed a very tight structure and economy of means. Paganini recognized it as a work of genius, even if most people, in particular, the French, thought HB a nutcase. The 20,000 francs he gave to Berlioz as payment for the commission to write a concerto for viola was indeed a worthy tribute.

Paganini praised HB as the inheritor of Beethoven that even today might seem goofy. However, the Pastorale Symphony must have been an influence on that and the Symphonie Fantastique. In the Memoirs, (an excellent translation from 1935) Berlioz does mention Beethoven's unconventional use of percussion. I thought of Tschaikovsky while listening to the build up of tension in the last movement where the violins rise to an ostinato trill of sorts and then the brass comes booming in.
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