Paris: Michel Lévy Frères, 1862.
Octavo. Quarter textured green cloth, spine in compartments with titling gilt, marbled endpapers. [i] (half-title), [i] (publisher's note), 1f. (title), 1f. (dedication), pp. 335-36 (table of contents) pp.
Dedicated to M. Ernest Legouvé of the Académie Française.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped. Very lightly foxed throughout; occasional soiling, staining, and wear to edges; short marginal annotations to several pages.
First Edition. Hopkinson p. 172. Holoman p. 433: A5.
"A Travers Chants is the collection of writings [Berlioz] himself selected from his thirty-odd years of musical journalism. These essays cover a wide spectrum of intellectual inquiry: Beethoven's nine symphonies and his opera, Fidelio; Wagner and the partisans of the "Music of the Future"; Berlioz's idols - Gluck, Weber, and Mozart. There is an eloquent plea to stop the constant rise in concert pitch (an issue still discussed today), a serious piece on the place of music in church, and a humorous and imaginative account of musical customs in China. But Berlioz's writings also contain biting satire and ridicule - of opera singers, of the Academy, of dilettantism." Indiana University Press online.
Legouvé (1807-1903), the dedicatee, is remembered as much for his accomplishments as a French dramatist as he is for his pioneering work as a lecturer and propagandist on women's rights and the advanced education of children.
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