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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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First Conservatoire Concert of the Season

First Conservatoire Concert of the Season

(p.212) 35 First Conservatoire Concert of the Season
Berlioz on Music

Katherine Kolb

Oxford University Press

This article begins with a diatribe against the ruinous tax imposed on Paris concerts. If the Conservatoire itself is threatened with closure by such a tax, how much worse for lesser concert societies, let alone independent artists such as Berlioz—or a fictional player whom Berlioz imagines sent to jail for giving a concert and earning nothing. Then there is the lack of a good concert hall in Paris beyond the Conservatoire—Berlioz reviews several recent abortive attempts to establish alternative venues in Paris, notably the Gymnase musical, with which he himself had been associated. The concert under review hails the pianist Thalberg, who rose to rival Liszt during the latter’s absence in Switzerland with Marie d’Agoult. Also on the program is a chorus from Mozart’s Idomeneo, which Berlioz singles out as the highlight of the concert, even in the company of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

Keywords:   Thalberg, Täglichsbeck, Mozart Idomeneo, Beethoven Seventh Symphony, poor tax on concerts, concert facilities, Paris concert halls, Gymnase musical

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