Balzac and Music: Its Place and Meaning in His Life and Work

1st Edition

Jean-Pierre Barricelli

Routledge
Published December 12, 2017
Reference - 326 Pages
ISBN 9781138670426 - CAT# Y230853
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

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Summary

First published in 1990, this book was the first comprehensive study of Balzac’s relationship to music, blending past scholarship with new perspectives to formulate an inclusive account. It begins by examining the contacts and experiences that shaped the musical side of Balzac’s life. These left valuable and lasting impressions which often found their way into his writings, where he recorded a myriad of critical and musicological opinions — assessed primarily in relation to Gambara and Massimilla Doni. These discussions prepare the way for an analysis of Balzac two major musical persuasions: religious music and Beethoven. This book will be of interest to students of literature and music.

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