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Berlioz on MusicSelected Criticism 1824-1837$
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Katherine Kolb

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199391950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391950.001.0001

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Music Review

Music Review

Funeral Service for Choron (I)

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(p.81) 12 Music Review
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Berlioz on Music
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Katherine Kolb

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391950.003.0013

This article pays tribute to Choron, a great French pioneer of music history and early performance, founder of a choir school, and champion of early music and especially sacred music, which had fallen on hard times in France with the Revolution of 1789 and again after the Revolution of 1830. Berlioz misses “virile” music of the sort performed by the deceased in opposition to current French and Italian frivolities; and he credits Choron’s importance in training many singers—including Duprez—who have gone on to brilliant careers. Three years before his Requiem, he expresses here a deep commitment to sacred music and, in general, to a canon of musical works powerful enough to withstand the passage of time.

Keywords:   Choron, sacred music, choral music, Duprez, Handel, Bach, Palestrina, acoustics

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