Form, Program, and Metaphor in the Music of Berlioz by Stephen Rodgers

Form, Program, and Metaphor in the Music of Berlioz

Stephen Rodgers
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  • ISBN
    9781107404687 / 1107404681
  • Title Form, Program, and Metaphor in the Music of Berlioz
  • Author Stephen Rodgers
  • Category Techniques Of Music / Music Tutorials
  • Format
  • Year 2012
  • Pages 200
  • Publisher
    Cambridge University Press
  • Imprint Cambridge University Press
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 170mm x 244mm x 11mm


This book examines how Berlioz used musical forms to represent a narrative, and to depict emotions such as madness or love.

Publisher Description

Few aspects of Berlioz's style are more idiosyncratic than his handling of musical form. This book, the first devoted solely to the topic, explores how his formal strategies are related to the poetic and dramatic sentiments that were his very reason for being. Rodgers draws upon Berlioz's ideas about musical representation and on the ideas that would have influenced him, arguing that the relationship between musical and extra-musical narrative in Berlioz's music is best construed as metaphorical rather than literal - 'intimate' but 'indirect' in Berlioz's words. Focusing on a type of varied-repetitive form that Berlioz used to evoke poetic ideas such as mania, obsession, and meditation, the book shows how, far from disregarding form when pushing the limits of musical evocation, Berlioz harnessed its powers to convey these ideas even more vividly.

Author Biography

Stephen Rodgers is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Oregon. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2005. His research focuses on the music of Hector Berlioz but also covers such topics as film music, the intersection of music theory and literary theory, and the music of Fanny Hensel.

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Form, Program, and Metaphor in the Music of Berlioz