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Berlioz and His Century: An Introduction to the Age of Romanticism
by Jacques Barzun
University of Chicago Press, 1982
Paper: 978-0-226-03861-2
Library of Congress Classification ML410.B5B2 1982
Dewey Decimal Classification 780.924

In this abridgment of his monumental study, Berlioz and the Romantic Century, Jacques Barzun recounts the events and extraordinary achievements of the great composer's life against the background of the romantic era. As the author eloquently demonstrates, Berloiz was an archetype whose destiny was the story of an age, the incarnation of an artistic style and a historical spirit. "In order to understand the nineteenth century, it is essential to understand Berlioz," notes W. H. Auden, "and in order to understand Berlioz, it is essential to read Professor Barzun."

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