This, the first prize-winning volume of David Cairns' life of Berlioz, describes with unprecedented intimacy the composer's early life and career until the celebrated performance of Symphonie Fantastique in 1832. Cairns depicts a character of titanic energy and ambition in the process of becoming one of the most distinctive personalities and artists of the romantic era. In his struggles to escape his family's influence and plans, his move to Paris, and the exhausting setbacks of his early career, Berlioz emerges a figure at once recognisably modern and yet possessed by an unapproachable intensity of experience.
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"David Cairns's BERLIOZ wins this year's Whitbread Biography Award for his masterly evocation of the inner man as well as the outer world in which he lived and worked.The judges felt that this biography is a work of art in itself which will still be enjoyed and admired in centuries to come." (Whitbread Biography Award Committee)About the Author:
David Cairns was chief music critic of the Sunday Times from 1983 to 1992, having earlier been music critic and arts editor of the Spectator and a writer on the Evening Standard, the Financial Times and the New Statesman. From 1967 to 1972 he workedfor the London branch of Phonogram.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140287264
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140287264