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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000633.txt from 2001/04

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Subj: Re: [kl] Descriptions of 19th Century Performances
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 08:11:32 -0400

An excellent site. Thanks Ken!

Rod
--- MVinquist@-----.com wrote: > Sorry to take so long
getting to this query.
>
> After you read some of GBS's Corno di Bassetto
> reviews, you should turn to
> Berlioz's "Evenings in the Orchestra" (sometimes
> translated as "Nights in the
> Orchestra") which is insightful and wildly funny.
> Berlioz was a great critic
> and an excellent writer. The book describes
> performances (mostly opera) in
> the voices of orchestra members. When good music is
> played, they talk about
> that. When bad music is played, they tell "war
> stories." An Advanced Book
> Exchange <http://www.abebooks.com/> search on
> Berlioz as author found a dozen
> copies, several of them around $10-15. I think it's
> essential reading.
>
> Berlioz also wrote a 2-volume Autobiography, which
> is more serious in tone
> but also more comprehensive in describing the
> musical scene in the mid-19th
> century. Any university music library should have
> both the original and a
> translation. ABE also lists copies.
>
> Best regards.
>
> Ken Shaw
>
>
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