Berlioz gave two concerts in Pesth in February 1846, on the 15th and the 20th. The illustrations on this page are all taken from the book by Émile Haraszti, Berlioz et la Marche Hongroise (Paris, 1946), a copy of which is in our own collection.
The autograph is in the Széchenyi National Library in Budapest.
This version of the March was included in the score of the Damnation of Faust.
Ráday was director of the National Theatre and may have been responsible for inviting Berlioz to give his two concerts in Budapest. This contemporary engraving is based on a portrait by Eybl.
Erkel was the conductor at the National Theatre and a composer of distinction in his own right. This contemporary engraving is based on a portrait by Barabás.
Madame Schodel, ‘a true lyric tragédienne in the school of Madame Branchu’, according to Berlioz (Memoirs), sang the bolero Zaïde at the concert on 20 February (third item in the second of half of the programme, see above). This contemporary engraving is based on a painting by Barabás.
Batthyány, the future Foreign Minister of the revolutionary Government of the Republic of Hungary, purchased from Berlioz his score of the Rákóczy March for 200 gold florins.
The Hector Berlioz Website was created by Monir Tayeb and Michel Austin on 18 July 1997; this page created on 1 October 2005.
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