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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

(p.183) 31 Music Review
Berlioz on Music

Katherine Kolb

Oxford University Press

This review satirizes the production of reviews, or feuilletons. Berlioz practices here what he later dubs the feuilleton de silence, a mode of spinning his literary wheels while ignoring the Parisian events he is to review, but finds trivial by comparison, for example, with choral festivals in Germany. In a playful quest for a topic to write on, he does in fact review briefly several current musical events, such as the posthumous premiere of Bellini’s I Puritani at the Théâtre-Italien. A compliment on his writing by the poet Vigny leads him to playful questions on his literary identity: does he qualify as a man of letters? Even if he does, we are reminded at the end that, as a reviewer, he is expected to confine himself to his assigned domain rather than follow his whim of reviewing a volume by a young compatriot from the Dauphiné province, the poet Chaudesaigues.

Keywords:   Berlioz as writer, production of reviews, Méhul preface to Ariodant, Eler, literary fame, music festivals, Vigny, Chaudesaigues, Bellini I Puritani, Cherubini Traité du contrepoint

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