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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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Musical Entertainments

Musical Entertainments

Le Siège de Corinthe at the Opéra; M. Ole Bull; M. Labarre and His Harp School; The Music of Public Festivals; Paris Artists and Music Lovers Celebrating the Victory at Fleurus in 1794; Amateur Fund-raiser for the Wounded in 1830; The Huge Chorus in the Galerie Colbert

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Berlioz on Music

Katherine Kolb

Oxford University Press

Quickly dismissing a Rossini revival at the Opéra, Berlioz moves from a severe yet encouraging critique of the Norwegian violinist Ole Bull to the season’s improbable hero, Labarre, a virtuoso harpist and founder of a school for harp, an instrument that Berlioz loves and hopes will come to rival the piano in popularity. He then evokes two events from the Revolutions of 1789 and 1830, each bearing witness to the power of music to celebrate and ennoble the masses: the latter tells of an impromptu rendition of the “Marseillaise,” after the Revolution of 1830, in which the assembled crowd joins in the refrain, to terrifying effect, The link is the harp school, which triggers visions of universal musical education and of vocal and instrumental resources sufficient to produce modern, monumental works of as yet unsuspected spiritual and emotional power.

Keywords:   Rossini Le Siège de Corinth, Bull, Labarre, harp school, crowd behavior, revolution of 1830, Moore Irish Melodies, Rouget de Lisle La Marseillaise

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