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Berlioz on MusicSelected Criticism 1824-1837$
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Katherine Kolb

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199391950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391950.001.0001

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Music Review

Music Review

Funeral Service for Choron (II)

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Berlioz on Music

Katherine Kolb

Oxford University Press

This article conveys Berlioz’s dismay at the “barbarous” destruction of institutions for sacred music such as the ancien régime choir schools and Choron’s Institution of for Religious Music by the revolutionaries of 1789 and 1830, the latter guilty of smashing musical instruments in the Chapelle royale. Berlioz abhors such mob violence, as he does the crowd’s unruly behavior at Choron’s funeral service. He criticizes ecclesiastical authorities for disallowing professional women singers in churches, one of many impediments to composers of sacred music in France. Composers themselves come under fire: Berlioz deplores what he considers Mozart’s ineffectual settingof the “Tuba mirum” in his Requiem, though he greatly admires the work in other respects.

Keywords:   Choron, Institution of Religious Music, sacred music, choral music, Mozart Requiem, women singers, audience behavior

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