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Evenings with the Orchestra

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ISBN-10: 0226043746

ISBN-13: 9780226043746

Edition: 1999

Authors: Jacques Barzun, Hector Berlioz

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During the performances of fashionable operas in an unidentified town in northern Europe, the musicians tell tales, read stories and exchange gossip to relieve the tedium of the bad music they are paid to perform.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 404
Size: 5.67" wide x 8.50" long x 0.95" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Jacques Barzun was born in Cr�teil, France on November 30, 1907. He came to the United States in 1920 and graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 1927. Following graduation, he joined Columbia's faculty as an instructor while continuing his studies in graduate school there, receiving a master's degree in 1928 and a doctorate in French history in 1932. He became a full professor in 1945, was dean of graduate faculties from 1955 to 1958, and dean of faculties from 1958 to 1967. He retired from Columbia University in 1975. He was a historian and cultural critic. The core of his work was the importance of studying history to understand the present and a fundamental respect for…    

French composer Hector Berlioz was one of the most influential composers of the romantic period in music. The son of a French physician, Berlioz showed an aptitude for music at an early age and taught himself to perform and compose. For a time, his father indulged his son's pastime, but in 1821 he sent the young Berlioz to Paris to study medicine. Although he attended lectures at the medical school there, Berlioz gave most of his attention to music, studying with a private music teacher and composing his own pieces. Finally, in 1826 Berlioz abandoned his medical studies and enrolled at the Paris Conservatory. To support himself, he gave music lessons and wrote articles on music. While at…    

Preface to the Phoenix Edition
First Evening: The First Opera--Vincenza--The Vexations of Kleiner the Elder
Second Evening: The Strolling Harpist--The Performance of an Oratorio--The Sleep of the Just
Third Evening: [Der Freischutz]
Fourth Evening: A Debut in Freischutz--Marescot
Fifth Evening: The S in Robert le diable
Sixth Evening: How a Tenor Revolves around the Public--The Vexations of Kleiner the Younger
Seventh Evening: Historical and Philosophical Studies: De viris illustribus urbis Romae--A Roman Woman--Vocabulary of the Roman Language
Eighth Evening: Romans of the New World--Mr. Barnum--Jenny Lind's Trip to America
Ninth Evening The Paris Opera and London's Opera Houses
Tenth Evening: On the Present State of Music--The Tradition of Tack--A Victim of Tack
Eleventh Evening: [A Masterpiece]
Twelfth Evening: Suicide from Enthusiasm
Thirteenth Evening: Spontini, a Biographical Sketch
Fourteenth Evening: Operas off the Assembly Line--The Problem of Beauty--Schiller's Mary Stuart--A Visit to Tom Thumb
Fifteenth Evening: Another Vexation of Kleiner the Elder's
Sixteenth Evening: Musical and Phrenological Studies--Nightmares--The Puritans of Sacred Music--Paganini
Seventeenth Evening: [The Barber of Seville]
Eighteenth Evening: Charges Leveled against the Author's Criticism--Analysis of The Lighthouse--The Piano Possessed
Nineteenth Evening: [Don Giovanni]
Twentieth Evening: Historical Gleanings: Napoleon's Odd Susceptibility--His Musical Judgment--Napoleon and Lesueur--Napoleon and the Republic of San Marino
Twenty-first Evening: The Study of Music
Twenty-second Evening: [Iphigenia in Tauris]
Twenty-third Evening: Gluck and the Conservatory in Naples--A Saying of Durante's
Twenty-fourth Evening: [Les Huguenots]
Twenty-fifth Evening: Euphonia, or the Musical City
Epilogue: The Farewell Dinner
Second Epilogue: Corsino's Letter to the Author--The Author's Reply to Corsino--Beethoven and His Three Styles--Beethoven's Statue at Bonn--Mehul--Conestabile on Paganini--Vincent Wallace