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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Leonard Bernstein, Orchestre National de France
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The sheer simplicity of this lovely music and pastoral feel will make a wonder. Vers l? En il s? Buy sheet music online Post mailing Digital sheet music Instrument. European Companies. American Company. Meeting only occasional success in France as a composer, Berlioz increasingly turned to conducting, in which he gained an international reputation. He was highly regarded in Germany, Britain and Russia both as a composer and as a conductor. To supplement his earnings he wrote musical journalism throughout much of his career; some of it has been preserved in book form, including his Treatise on Instrumentation , which was influential in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Berlioz died in Paris at the age of Berlioz's father, a respected local figure, was a progressively minded doctor credited as the first European to practise and write about acupuncture. Music did not feature prominently in the young Berlioz's education. His father gave him basic instruction on the flageolet , and he later took flute and guitar lessons with local teachers. He never studied the piano, and throughout his life played haltingly at best. At the age of twelve Berlioz fell in love for the first time. He was teased for what was seen as a boyish crush, but something of his early passion for Estelle endured all his life. At his father's insistence he enrolled at the School of Medicine of the University of Paris. The horrors of the medical college were mitigated thanks to an ample allowance from his father, which enabled him to take full advantage of the cultural, and particularly musical, life of Paris.
Music did not at that time enjoy the prestige of literature in French culture,  but Paris nonetheless possessed two major opera houses and the country's most important music library. He was particularly inspired by Gluck's use of the orchestra to carry the drama along. In August Berlioz made the first of many contributions to the musical press: a letter to the journal Le Corsaire defending French opera against the incursions of its Italian rival. In Berlioz graduated from medical school,  after which he abandoned medicine, to the strong disapproval of his parents. His father suggested law as an alternative profession and refused to countenance music as a career. In Berlioz composed a Messe solennelle. It was performed twice, after which he suppressed the score, which was thought lost until a copy was discovered in During and he wrote his first opera, Les Francs-juges , which was not performed and survives only in fragments, the best known of which is the overture.
In August Berlioz was admitted as a student to the Conservatoire, studying composition under Le Sueur and counterpoint and fugue with Anton Reicha. In the same year he made the first of four attempts to win France's premier music prize, the Prix de Rome , and was eliminated in the first round. Although at the time Berlioz spoke hardly any English, he was overwhelmed by the plays — the start of a lifelong passion for Shakespeare. He also conceived a passion for Kemble's leading lady, Harriet Smithson — his biographer Hugh Macdonald calls it "emotional derangement" — and obsessively pursued her, without success, for several years. She refused even to meet him. The first concert of Berlioz's music took place in May , when his friend Nathan Bloc conducted the premieres of the overtures Les Francs-juges and Waverley and other works.
The hall was far from full, and Berlioz lost money. Berlioz's fascination with Shakespeare's plays prompted him to start learning English during , so that he could read them in the original. At around the same time he encountered two further creative inspirations: Beethoven and Goethe. Berlioz was largely apolitical, and neither supported nor opposed the July Revolution of , but when it broke out he found himself in the middle of it.
I was finishing my cantata when the revolution broke out I dashed off the final pages of my orchestral score to the sound of stray bullets coming over the roofs and pattering on the wall outside my window. On the 29th I had finished, and was free to go out and roam about Paris till morning, pistol in hand. By now recoiling from his obsession with Smithson, Berlioz fell in love with a nineteen-year-old pianist, Marie "Camille" Moke. His feelings were reciprocated, and the couple planned to be married. Protracted applause followed the performance, and the press reviews expressed both the shock and the pleasure the work had given.
Liszt later transcribed the entire Symphonie fantastique for piano to enable more people to hear it. Shortly after the concert Berlioz set off for Italy: under the terms of the Prix de Rome, winners studied for two years at the Villa Medici , the French Academy in Rome. Within three weeks of his arrival he went absent without leave: he had learnt that Marie had broken off their engagement and was to marry an older and richer suitor, Camille Pleyel , the heir to the Pleyel piano manufacturing company. Berlioz took little pleasure in his time in Rome.
His colleagues at the Villa Medici, under their benevolent principal Horace Vernet , made him welcome,  and he enjoyed his meetings with Felix Mendelssohn , who was visiting the city, [n 10] but he found Rome distasteful: "the most stupid and prosaic city I know; it is no place for anyone with head or heart. He visited many parts of it during his residency in Rome. Macdonald comments that after his time there, Berlioz had "a new colour and glow in his music Vernet agreed to Berlioz's request to be allowed to leave the Villa Medici before the end of his two-year term. He left Rome in May and arrived in Paris in November.
On 9 December Berlioz presented a concert of his works at the Conservatoire. By Smithson's career was in decline. Biographers differ about whether and to what extent Smithson's receptiveness to Berlioz's wooing was motivated by financial considerations; [n 11] but she accepted him, and in the face of strong opposition from both their families they were married at the British Embassy in Paris on 3 October Harriet continued to yearn for a career but, as her biographer Peter Raby comments, she never learned to speak French fluently, which seriously limited both her professional and her social life. Paganini, known chiefly as a violinist, had acquired a Stradivarius viola , which he wanted to play in public if he could find the right music. Greatly impressed by the Symphonie fantastique , he asked Berlioz to write him a suitable piece.
Until the end of Berlioz had a modest stipend as a laureate of the Prix de Rome. Macdonald comments that this was activity "at which he excelled but which he abhorred". The former included musical pedants, coloratura writing and singing, viola players who were merely incompetent violinists, inane libretti, and baroque counterpoint. Berlioz secured a commission from the French government for his Requiem — the Grande messe des morts — first performed at Les Invalides in December Neither work brought him much money or artistic fame at the time,  but the Requiem held a special place in his affections: "If I were threatened with the destruction of the whole of my works save one, I would crave mercy for the Messe des morts ".
Kern Holoman comments that Berlioz rightly regarded Benvenuto Cellini as a work of exceptional exuberance and verve, deserving a better reception than it received. Holoman adds that the piece was of "surpassing technical difficulty", and that the singers were not especially co-operative. Shortly after the failure of the opera, Berlioz had a great success as composer-conductor of a concert at which Harold in Italy was given again. This time Paganini was present in the audience; he came on to the platform at the end and knelt in homage to Berlioz and kissed his hand. It was premiered in November and was so well received that Berlioz and his huge instrumental and vocal forces gave two further performances in rapid succession.
At the close of the decade Berlioz achieved official recognition in the form of appointment as deputy librarian of the Conservatoire and as an officer of the Legion of Honour. During the s Berlioz spent much of his time making music outside France. He struggled to make money from his concerts in Paris, and learning of the large sums made by promoters from performances of his music in other countries, he resolved to try conducting abroad. An extensive German tour followed: in and he gave concerts in twelve German cities. His reception was enthusiastic. The German public was better disposed than the French to his innovative compositions, and his conducting was seen as highly impressive.
By this time Berlioz's marriage was failing. Harriet resented his celebrity and her own eclipse, and as Raby puts it, "possessiveness turned to suspicion and jealousy as Berlioz became involved with the singer Marie Recio ". Berlioz returned to Paris in mid During the following year he wrote two of his most popular short works, the overtures Le carnaval romain reusing music from Benvenuto Cellini and Le corsaire originally called La tour de Nice. Towards the end of the year he and Harriet separated. Berlioz maintained two households: Harriet remained in Montmartre and he moved in with Recio at her flat in central Paris.
His son Louis was sent to a boarding school in Rouen. Foreign tours featured prominently in Berlioz's life during the s and s. Not only were they highly rewarding both artistically and financially, but he did not have to grapple with the administrative problems of promoting concerts in Paris. Macdonald comments:. The more he travelled the more bitter he became about conditions at home; yet though he contemplated settling abroad — in Dresden, for instance, and in London — he always went back to Paris.
Berlioz's major work from the decade was La Damnation de Faust. He presented it in Paris in December , but it played to half-empty houses, despite excellent reviews, some from critics not usually well disposed to his music. The highly romantic subject was out of step with the times, and one sympathetic reviewer observed that there was an unbridgeable gap between the composer's conception of art and that of the Paris public. His reception in London was enthusiastic, but the visit was not a financial success because of mismanagement by his impresario, the conductor Louis-Antoine Jullien.
Soon after Berlioz's return to Paris in mid-September , Harriet suffered a series of strokes , which left her almost paralysed. She needed constant nursing, which he paid for. After the failure of La Damnation de Faust , Berlioz spent less time on composition during the next eight years. He wrote a Te Deum , completed in but not published until , and some short pieces. His most substantial work between The Damnation and his epic Les Troyens — was a "sacred trilogy", L'Enfance du Christ Christ's Childhood , which he began in He enjoyed consistent success there, with the exception of a revival of Benvenuto Cellini at Covent Garden which was withdrawn after one performance. In Harriet died. During Berlioz's German tour in , Liszt and his companion, Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein , encouraged Berlioz's tentative conception of an opera based on the Aeneid.
He worked on it, in between his conducting commitments, for two years. In he was elected to the Institut de France , an honour he had long sought, though he played down the importance he attached to it. He then spent five years trying to have it staged. In June Berlioz's wife died suddenly, aged She was survived by her mother, to whom Berlioz was devoted, and who looked after him for the rest of his life. The only way he could find of seeing the work produced was to divide it into two parts: "The Fall of Troy" and "The Trojans at Carthage". The experience demoralised Berlioz, who wrote no more music after this. Berlioz did not seek a revival of Les Troyens and none took place for nearly 30 years.
He sold the publishing rights for a large sum, and his last years were financially comfortable;  he was able to give up his work as a critic, but he lapsed into depression. As well as losing both his wives, he had lost both his sisters, [n 16] and he became morbidly aware of death as many of his friends and other contemporaries died. After the death of his second wife, Berlioz had two romantic interludes. Almost nothing is known of their relationship, which lasted for less than a year. Berlioz was unaware of it until he came across her grave six months later.
Cairns hypothesises that the shock of her death prompted him to seek out his first love, Estelle, now a widow aged In Berlioz received the news that his son had died in Havana of yellow fever. Macdonald suggests that Berlioz may have sought distraction from his grief by going ahead with a planned series of concerts in St Petersburg and Moscow, but far from rejuvenating him, the trip sapped his remaining strength. In his book The Musical Language of Berlioz , Julian Rushton asks "where Berlioz comes in the history of musical forms and what is his progeny".
Rushton's answers to these questions are "nowhere" and "none". Rushton suggests that "Berlioz's way is neither architectural nor developmental, but illustrative". He judges this to be part of a continuing French musical aesthetic, favouring a "decorative" — rather than the German "architectural" — approach to composition. Abstraction and discursiveness are alien to this tradition, and in operas, and to a large extent in orchestral music, there is little continuous development; instead self-contained numbers or sections are preferred. Berlioz's compositional techniques have been strongly criticised and equally strongly defended.
He explained his practice in an article: accenting weak beats at the expense of the strong, alternating triple and duple groups of notes and using unexpected rhythmic themes independent of the main melody. Berlioz's approach to harmony and counterpoint was idiosyncratic, and has provoked adverse criticism. Pierre Boulez commented, "There are awkward harmonies in Berlioz that make one scream". Rushton observes that Berlioz's preference for irregular rhythm subverts conventional harmony: "Classic and romantic melody usually implies harmonic motion of some consistency and smoothness; Berlioz's aspiration to musical prose tends to resist such consistency.
Even among those unsympathetic to his music, few deny that Berlioz was a master of orchestration. The pedal point for trombones in the "Hostias" section of the Requiem is often cited; some musicians such as Gordon Jacob have found the effect unpleasant. Macdonald has questioned Berlioz's fondness for divided cellos and basses in dense, low chords, but he emphasises that such contentious points are rare compared with "the felicities and masterstrokes" abounding in the scores. Of Berlioz's brass he writes:. Brass can be solemn or brazen; the "Marche au supplice" in the Symphonie fantastique is a defiantly modern use of brass. Trombones introduce Mephistopheles with three flashing chords or support the gloomy doubts of Narbal in Les Troyens.
With a hiss of cymbals, pianissimo, they mark the entry of the Cardinal in Benvenuto Cellini and the blessing of little Astyanax by Priam in Les Troyens. Berlioz wrote four large-scale works he called symphonies, but his conception of the genre differed greatly from the classical pattern of the German tradition. All four of Berlioz's symphonies differ from the contemporary norm. The first, the Symphonie fantastique , is purely orchestral, and the opening movement is broadly in sonata form,  [n 20] but the work tells a story, graphically and specifically. Harold in Italy , despite its subtitle "Symphony in four parts with viola principal", is described by the musicologist Mark Evan Bonds as a work traditionally seen as lacking any direct historical antecedent, "a hybrid of symphony and concerto that owes little or nothing to the earlier, lighter genre of the symphonie concertante ".
Felix Weingartner , an early 20th century champion of the composer, wrote in that it did not reach the level of the Symphonie fantastique ;  fifty years later Edward Sackville-West and Desmond Shawe-Taylor found it "romantic and picturesque Berlioz at his best". The episodes of Shakespeare's drama are represented in orchestral music, interspersed with expository and narrative sections for voices. Weingartner called it "a style-less mixture of different forms; not quite oratorio, not quite opera, not quite symphony — fragments of all three, and nothing perfect". The last of the four symphonies is the Symphonie funebre et triomphale , for giant brass and woodwind band , with string parts added later, together with optional chorus.
The structure is more conventional than the instrumentation: the first movement is in sonata form, but there are only two other movements, and Berlioz did not adhere to the traditional relationship between the various keys of the piece. None of Berlioz's three completed operas were written to commission, and theatre managers were not enthusiastic about staging them. Cairns writes that unlike Meyerbeer, who was rich, influential, and deferred to by opera managements, Berlioz was "an opera composer on sufferance, one who composed on borrowed time paid for with money that was not his but lent by a wealthy friend".
The three operas contrast strongly with one another. The epic Les Troyens is described by the musical scholar James Haar as "incontestably Berlioz's masterpiece",  a view shared by many other writers. Holoman describes the poetry of the libretto as old fashioned for its day, but effective and at times beautiful. Although the work plays for five hours including intervals it is no longer the normal practice to present it across two evenings.
Les Troyens , in Holoman's view, embodies the composer's artistic creed: the union of music and poetry holds "incomparably greater power than either art alone". He described it as "a caprice written with the point of a needle". It accepts life as it is. The opera is a divertissement, not a grand statement". La Damnation de Faust , although not written for the theatre, is sometimes staged as an opera. Berlioz gained a reputation, only partly justified, for liking gigantic orchestral and choral forces.
In France there was a tradition of open-air performance, dating from the Revolution , calling for larger ensembles than were needed in the concert hall. What Macdonald calls Berlioz's monumental manner is more prominent in the Te Deum , composed in and first heard in , when it was given in connection with the Exposition Universelle. By that time the composer had added to its two choruses a part for massed children's voices, inspired by hearing a choir of 6, children singing in St Paul's Cathedral during his London trip in La Damnation de Faust , though conceived as a work for the concert hall, did not achieve success in France until it was staged as an opera long after the composer's death.
L'Enfance du Christ — follows the pattern of La Damnation de Faust in mixing dramatic action and philosophic reflection. Berlioz, after a brief youthful religious spell, was a lifelong agnostic,  but he was not hostile to the Roman Catholic church,  and Macdonald calls the "serenely contemplative" end of the work "the nearest Berlioz ever came to a devoutly Christian mode of expression". Berlioz wrote songs throughout his career, but not prolifically. Wotton as like "a miniature symphonic poem". The songs remain on the whole among the least known of Berlioz's works, and John Warrack suggests that Schumann identified why this might be so: the shape of the melodies is, as usual with Berlioz, not straightforward, and to those used to the regular four-bar phrases of French or German song this is an obstacle to appreciation.
Warrack also comments that the piano parts, though not lacking in harmonic interest, are discernibly written by a non-pianist. Berlioz's literary output was considerable and mostly consists of music criticism. Some was collected and published in book form. His Treatise on Instrumentation began as a series of articles and remained a standard work on orchestration throughout the 19th century; when Richard Strauss was commissioned to revise it in he added new material but did not change Berlioz's original text. Macdonald comments that there are few facets of musical practice of the time untouched in Berlioz's feuilletons.
He professed to dislike writing his press pieces, and they undoubtedly took up time that he would have preferred to spend writing music. His excellence as a witty and perceptive critic may have worked to his disadvantage in another way: he became so well known to the French public in that capacity that his stature as a composer became correspondingly more difficult to establish. Holoman lists six other French biographies of the composer published in the four decades after his death.
Turner , who wrote what Cairns calls "exaggerated eulogies". Serious studies of Berlioz in the 20th century began with Adolphe Boschot 's L'Histoire d'un romantique three volumes, — His successors were Tom S. Wotton, author of a biography, and Julien Tiersot , who wrote numerous scholarly articles on Berlioz and began the collection and editing of the composer's letters, a process eventually completed in , eighty years after Tiersot's death.
He was accused at the time by the musicologist Winton Dean of being excessively partisan, and refusing to admit failings and unevenness in Berlioz's music;  more recently he has been credited by the musicologist Nicholas Temperley with playing a major part in improving the climate of musical opinion towards Berlioz. The critic Rosemary Wilson said of his work, "He has done more than any other writer to explain the uniqueness of Berlioz's musical style without losing a sense of wonder in its originality of musical expression. No other composer [is] so controversial as Hector Berlioz.
Feelings about the merits of his music are seldom lukewarm; it has always tended to excite either uncritical admiration or unfair disparagement. The Record Guide , Because few of Berlioz's works were often performed in the lateth and early 20th centuries, widely accepted views of his music were based on hearsay rather than on the music itself. He creates the illusion of music by means borrowed from literature and painting".Hector Berliozsymphonie Fantastique more Berlioz Album Reviews. Marche au supplice. Retrieved 18 Hector Berliozsymphonie Fantastique