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Author Van Rij, Inge,
Title The other worlds of Hector Berlioz : travels with the orchestra / Inge van Rij.
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Author Van Rij, Inge,
Subject Berlioz, Hector, 1803-1869. Orchestra music.
Orchestral music -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 357 pages) : illustrations, music
Summary "Berlioz frequently explored other worlds in his writings, from the imagined exotic enchantments of New Zealand to the rings of Saturn where Beethoven's spirit was said to reside. The settings for his musical works are more conservative, and his adventurousness has instead been located in his mastery of the orchestra, as both orchestrator and conductor. Inge van Rij's book takes a new approach to Berlioz's treatment of the orchestra by exploring the relationship between these two forms of control - the orchestra as abstract sound, and the orchestra as collective labour and instrumental technology. Van Rij reveals that the negotiation between worlds characteristic of Berlioz's writings also plays out in his music: orchestral technology may be concealed or ostentatiously displayed; musical instruments might be industrialised or exoticised; and the orchestral musicians themselves move between being a society of distinctive individuals and being a machine played by Berlioz himself"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Travels with the orchestra: Travel writing and Berlioz's Orchestration Treatise -- Conquering other worlds: Military metaphors, virtuosity, and subjectivity in Symphonie funèbre et triomphale and Harold en Italie -- Visions of other worlds: Sensing the supernatural in Épisode de la vie d'un artiste and La nonne sanglante -- Back to (the music of) the future: Aesthetics of technology in Berlioz's Euphonia and Damnation de Faust -- Exhibiting other worlds: Les Troyens, museum culture, and human zoos.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-350) and index.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781139030090 (electronic bk.)
1139030094 (electronic bk.)
9781316247198 (electronic bk.)
1316247198 (electronic bk.)
9780521896467 (hardback)
0521896460 (hardback)
OCLC # 903198439
Additional Format Print version: Van Rij, Inge. Other worlds of Hector Berlioz 9780521896467 (DLC) 2014046697 (OCoLC)897835630.

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