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Berlioz frequently explored other worlds in his writings, from the imagined exotic enchantments of New Zealand to the rings of Saturn where Beethoven's spirit was said to reside. The settings for his musical works are more conservative, and his adventurousness has instead been located in his mastery of the orchestra, as both orchestrator and conductor. Inge van Rij's book takes a new approach to Berlioz's treatment of the orchestra by exploring the relationship between these two forms of control – the orchestra as abstract sound, and the orchestra as collective labour and instrumental technology. Van Rij reveals that the negotiation between worlds characteristic of Berlioz's writings also plays out in his music: orchestral technology may be concealed or ostentatiously displayed; musical instruments might be industrialised or exoticised; and the orchestral musicians themselves move between being a society of distinctive individuals and being a machine played by Berlioz himself.

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Works by Berlioz

CG: Correspondence générale, general ed. Pierre Citron, Paris: Flammarion, 1972–2003

  • I: 1803–32, ed. Pierre Citron (1972)

  • II: 1832–42, ed. Frédéric Robert (1975)

  • III: 1842–50, ed. Pierre Citron (1978)

  • IV: 1851–5, ed. Pierre Citron, Yves Gérard, and Hugh Macdonald (1983)

  • V: 1855–9, ed. Hugh Macdonald and François Lesure (1988)

  • VI: 1859–63, ed. Hugh Macdonald and François Lesure (1995)

  • VII: 1864–9, ed. Hugh Macdonald (2001)

  • VIII: Supplements, ed. Hugh Macdonald (2003)

CM: Critique musicale, general ed. Yves Gérard, Paris : Buchet/Chastel, 1996–

  • I: 1823–34, ed. H. Robert Cohen and Yves Gérard (1996)

  • II: 1835–6, ed. Anne Bongrain and Marie-Hélène Coudroy-Saghaï (1998)

  • III: 1837–8, ed. Anne Bongrain and Marie-Hélène Coudroy-Saghaï (2001)

  • IV: 1839–41, ed. Anne Bongrain and Marie-Hélène Coudroy-Saghaï (2003)

  • V: 1842–4, ed. Anne Bongrain and Marie-Hélène Coudroy-Saghaï (2004)

  • VI: 1845–8, ed. Anne Bongrain and Marie-Hélène Coudroy-Saghaï (2008)

NBE: New Berlioz Edition, general ed. Hugh Macdonald, Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1967–2006. Volumes cited:

  • 2a–c. Les Troyens, ed. Hugh Macdonald (1969–70)

  • 4. Incomplete Operas, eds. Ric Graebner and Paul Banks (2002)

  • 7. Lélio ou Le retour à la vie, ed. Peter Bloom (1992)

  • 8a–b. La damnation de Faust, ed. Julian Rushton (1979–86)

  • 13. Songs for Solo Voice and Orchestra, ed. Ian Kemp (1975)

  • 15. Songs for One, Two or Three Voices and Keyboard, eds. Ian Kemp and Ian Rumbold (2005)

  • 16. Symphonie fantastique, ed. Nicholas Temperley (1972)

  • 17. Harold en Italie, eds. Paul Banks and Hugh Macdonald (2001)

  • 18. Roméo et Juliette, ed. Kern D. Holoman (1990)

  • 19. Grand symphonie funèbre et triomphale, ed. Hugh Macdonald (1967)

  • 24. Grand traité d’instrumentation et d’orchestration modernes, ed. Peter Bloom (2003)

  • 26. Portraits of Hector Berlioz, eds. Gunther Braam, Richard Macnutt, and John Warrack (2003)

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