- Hardcover: 720 pages
- Publisher: Everyman's Library (2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 037541391X
- ISBN-13: 978-0375413919
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Memoirs of Hector Berlioz (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) Hardcover – 2002
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I am now barely 100 pages into this screamer, after having recently concluded reading the magisterial and sympathetic two-volume biography of Berlioz by David Cairns (who also provides the perfect translation of these Memoirs). Frankly, I wasn't sure that I could handle "yet more Berlioz" so soon after finishing the Cairns volumes (although Cairns provided plenty of justification, in terms of his ability to pinpoint Berlioz's scathing wit).
I shouldn't have worried.
Berlioz is certainly famous among music lovers, and musicians and composers, for a long list of "firsts": The first to take the proto-Romantic beginnings started so auspiciously by Beethoven to new heights, the first to expand the size (and instruments) of the classical orchestra to something closely resembling today's symphony orchestra, the first to write a detailed study on the uses of the instruments in the orchestra, including the effects of venue acoustics on the orchestra's sound... It's a long list, and this is just a part of it.
But Berlioz was also a brilliant writer. Inter alia, his "feuilletons" (music & arts criticism for the cultural journals of his time) and his "Evenings in the Orchestra" (including several of his better feuilletons) showed both his brilliance as a writer on the arts and his scathing wit.Read more ›
I may be ambivalent about Berlioz's actual musical output from time to time, but this edition is a hands-down favorite of mine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In addition to being a great composer, Berlioz is a fantastic writer. His accounts of his adventures are hilarious and entertaining. A must-read for any music history buff.Published 1 month ago by Abby
If you like Berlioz's music you should sample his memoirs — sparkling and informative — and Everyman's Library is always a good choice for moderately priced hardbound books.Published on June 16, 2014 by Stuart Leitch
I was extremely pleased with the quality and value of this book. I had low expectations because the price was too good to be true, but I should reevaluate the "bang for your buck"... Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by dimundndaruff
No doubt, those who are passionate and knowledgeable about music will inhale the Memoirs as soon as they can get their hands on it. It is a precious gift for that select group. Read morePublished on October 31, 2010 by Ralph Potter
This is one of the most engaging autobiographies I have ever read. Berlioz is a deeply original personality and a genius. Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by Bill V