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Form, Program, and Metaphor in the Music of Berlioz

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This book examines how Berlioz used musical forms to represent a narrative, and to depict emotions such as madness or love.
Form, Program, and Metaphor in the Music of Berlioz
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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.
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.
1. Introduction; 2. Preliminary examples and recent theories; 3. Form as metaphor; 4. Mixing genres, mixing forms: sonata and song in Le Carnaval romain; 5. The vague des passions, monomania, and the first movement of the Symphonie fantastique; 6. Love's emergence and fulfillment: the Scene d'amour from Romeo et Juliette; 7. Epilogue.
Author
Stephen Rodgers
Pages
200
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
2012
ISBN-10
1107404681
ISBN-13
9781107404687
Format
Paperback
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication
Cambridge
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Short Title
FORM PROGRAM & METAPHOR IN THE
Language
English
Media
Book
DEWEY
780.92
Publication Date
2012-02-22
Birth
1974
Affiliation
University of Oregon
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
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