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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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Antoine Reicha

Antoine Reicha

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(p.236) 39 Antoine Reicha
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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/9780199391950.003.0040

Berlioz pays tribute here not only to his former Conservatoire teacher of counterpoint, the famously rigorous Reicha, but also to other recently departed musicians, including Boieldieu, Bellini, and especially Choron, the ardent defender of religious music whose loss Berlioz cannot seem to lament often enough. Again, he waxes lyrical about this picturesque figure, bringing him to life as an imaginative teacher, a keeper of precious musical traditions, and an artist devoted body and soul to his art. The passionate Choron is thus the antithesis of Reicha, whose love of scholastic music Berlioz deplores, while praising his integrity as a pedagogue open to innovation. Portrayed here as a man of detached calm, Reicha wrote treatises (listed here) and over a hundred musical works, at Berlioz’s estimate, although Berlioz is familiar only with the wind quintets, two septets, and an ode for double chorus on a poem by Schiller.

Keywords:   Reicha, Bellini, Boieldieu, Choron, counterpoint, harmony, scholastic music

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