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  • 4 tables 15 music examples
  • Page extent: 132 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.18 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 784.2/2
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: ML410.B5 R85 1994
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Berlioz, Hector,--1803-1869.--Româeo et Juliette

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521377676 | ISBN-10: 0521377676)

Berlioz's 'dramatic symphony' Roméo et Juliette is regarded by many as his finest work; it is certainly among the most original. It is played less often than his earlier symphonies, because it requires solo voices and chorus; yet at its heart is some of the most inspired orchestral music of the nineteenth century. This book summarises the complex genesis of the work before examining the music closely and always with a view to understanding its dramatic implications. The early and later critical reception is quoted and discussed and Julian Rushton concludes by suggesting a way of hearing the work which recognises the value of its mixed genre. The complete libretto is provided in both English and French.

• First comprehensive guide to this work • Contains complete libretto in English and French • Discusses the influence of Shakespeare on Berlioz


List of abbreviations and acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The genesis of Roméo et Juliette; 3. Berlioz, Shakespeare and Garrick; 4. Exordium: Introduction and Prologue; Roméo seul; 5. The heart of the matter: Scène d'amour; La reine Mab; 6. Tragedy and reconciliation: Convoi funébre; Roméo au tombeau; Finale; 7. A view from 1839 by Stephen Heller; 8. Performance and reception: 1839 and beyond; 9. Afterword: Roméo et Juliette as covert opera; Appendices; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

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