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Institut de France - Chronology

This page serves as a companion and supplement to the main page on Berlioz and the Institut; it lists in chronological sequence the main dates and events mentioned in that page.

The search for the Prix de Rome: 1826-1830 
Election to the Institut: 1839-1856
Berlioz at the Institut: 1856-1869

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The search for the Prix de Rome: 1826-1830

1826

Early July: Berlioz enters the qualifying exam for the Prix de Rome competition but fails (Memoirs ch. 10; CG no. 61)

1827

26 July: Berlioz passes successfully the preliminary exam for admission to the Prix de Rome competition (Memoirs ch. 14; CG no. 76)

28 July: Berlioz enters the Prix de Rome competition; his cantata La Mort d’Orphée is declared ‘unperformable’ (cf. CG no. 77)

1828

26 May: Berlioz gives a concert of his own works at the Conservatoire, but the cantata La Mort d’Orphée has to be dropped from the programme (Memoirs ch. 19)

First half of July: Berlioz enters the Prix de Rome competition with the cantata Herminie (Memoirs ch. 22; CG no. 95)

2 August: Berlioz is awarded the second prize

1829

1 July: Berlioz passes successfully the preliminary exam and enters the Prix de Rome competition with the cantata Cléopâtre

1 August: performance of the cantata before the assembled Institut, but no award is made (Memoirs ch. 25; CG nos. 132, 133)

1830

March-April: Berlioz and Camille Moke fall in love

14 July: Berlioz passes successfully the preliminary exam for the Prix de Rome competition

17 July: Berlioz enters the competition with the cantata Sardanapale (Memoirs chs. 29-30; CG nos. 168, 169)

27 July: outbreak of revolution in Paris

29 July: Berlioz completes his cantata and leaves the Institut to join the revolution in Paris (CG no. 170)

19 August: the music section of the Institut puts forward Berlioz for the first prize

21 August: the entire Académie des Beaux-Arts awards the first prize to Berlioz, and a second first prize to Montfort (CG no. 172)

29 October: general rehearsal of Sardanapale with a finale added by Berlioz

30 October: official ceremony of the giving of the prize at the Institut; Berlioz is on his own (Camille Moke and her mother do not attend); performance of Sardanapale, but the finale misfires (CG no. 188)

5 December: concert at the Conservatoire conducted by Habeneck, with the first performance of the Symphonie fantastique, the finale from Sardanapale and other works by Berlioz; Camille Moke and her mother are present

30 December: Berlioz leaves Paris for La Côte-Saint-André

1831

8 February: Berlioz leaves La Côte-Saint-André to begin his journey to Italy

1832

End of May: Berlioz leaves Italy

June-October: Berlioz spends most of his time at La Côte-Saint-André and in Dauphiné before returning to Paris

7 November: Berlioz is back in Paris

Election to the Institut: 1839-1856

1839

3 May: Death of Ferdinand Paër, a member of the music section of the Institut

7 May: Berlioz attends the funeral of Paër

9 May: the Revue Musicale mentions Berlioz as one of the candidates to succeed Paër at the Institut (cf. CG no. 649)

10 May: Berlioz made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur on the proposal of Gasparin

23 May: the Revue Musicale states that Berlioz has withdrawn his application to the Institut on hearing that Spontini has applied

15 June: Spontini is elected to the Institut in the first round of voting

1842

15 March: death of Cherubini; Berlioz decides to apply for his seat at the Institut (CG no. 768; NL no. 773bis)

September-October: Berlioz submits his official application for the vacancy at the Institut (CG no. 786)

29 October: Cherubini’s vacancy at the Institut officially declared

12 November: the music section of the Institut draws up its list of candidates to the succession of Cherubini, with Adam and Onslow as equal firsts, and Barton in second place; the complete Académie adds the name of Ambroise Thomas; Berlioz is not put forward despite having applied

19 November: Onslow is elected against Adam to succeed Cherubini

1844

22 April; death of Henri Berton; Berlioz does not seem to have even considered applying to the resulting vacancy at the Institut

1851

24 January: death of Spontini; Berlioz soon decides to apply for the resulting vacancy, though he does not expect to win (CG no. 1388)

6 March: Berlioz submits his formal application as candidate for Spontini’s succession at the Institut (CG nos. 1389, 1392)

22 March: Ambroise Thomas is elected in the first round, and Berlioz does not get a single vote

1853

3 October: death of Onslow

10 November: Berlioz, away in Germany, submits his formal application for the succession of Onslow at the Institut (CG nos. 1644, 1645)

13 November: Henri Reber is elected to succeed Onslow at the fifth round of voting, ahead of Clapisson (CG no. 1653)

1854

29 July: Halévy appointed permanent secretary of the Académie; Berlioz cancels a planned trip to Munich to apply for the vacancy at the Institut created by this appointment

10 August: Berlioz submits his formal application to Halévy’s place (CG nos. 1780, 1781)

26 August: Clapisson elected to the Institut against Berlioz (CG nos. 1783, 1784, 1785, 1787bis)

1856

3 May: death of Adolphe Adam aged 53; Berlioz decides to stand for the vacancy created (CG nos. 2124, 2125, 2132)

3 June: Berlioz submits his formal application (CG no. 2133)

11 June: the Institut draws up the formal list of candidates (CG no. 2137)

14 June: Berlioz’s name is placed first on the list of candidates (CG no. 2139)

21 June: Berlioz is finally elected at the fourth round of voting (CG nos. 2141, 2144, 2145, 2146)

Berlioz at the Institut: 1856-1869

1856

28 June: Berlioz officially admitted to the Institut (CG no. 2149)

1 July: Berlioz invites to dinner at home the members of the music section of the Institut

4 July: Berlioz participates for the first time in judging the Prix de Rome competition (CG no. 2149)

5 July: Berlioz attends two sessions of the Institut (CG no. 2150)

23 August: the Bibliographie de la France announces the publication of Eugène de Mirecourt’s biographical work on Berlioz

1857

11 March: Berlioz attends a formal evening reception at the Tuileries palace, but is unable to speak to the emperor (CG no. 2214)

22 March: Berlioz attends a formal evening reception at the Tuileries palace, and mentions the poem of les Troyens to the empress (CG nos. 2219, 2222)

4 July: the Prix de Rome jury, of which Berlioz is a member, gives the first prize to Bizet

11 July: at the Institut Berlioz takes part in the unanimous election of Prince Napoleon as corresponding member

1858

14 January: as a sequel to Orsini’s plot against Napoleon III, Berlioz goes to the Tuileries palace to sign a register opened on the occasion (CG no. 2272)

22 January: Berlioz reads the poem of les Troyens before a gathering of colleagues from the Institut (CG nos. 2274, 2279)

2 February: Berlioz attends a ball at the Tuileries, but is unable to speak to the emperor or the empress about les Troyens (CG nos. 2275, 2277, 2279)

12 February: Berlioz dines at Prince Napoleon’s, a cousin of the emperor

28 March: Berlioz drafts a letter to the emperor requesting that he should hear a reading of the poem of les Troyens, but is dissuaded from sending it

6 April: Berlioz attends an evening reception at the Tuileries, but is unable to see either the emperor or the empress

7 April: Berlioz spends an hour in the morning with Count Morny in connection with the possible staging of les Troyens

3 May: Berlioz attends a reception at the Tuileries; Napoleon III indicates he will be pleased to read the poem of les Troyens (CG no. 2292, 2293)

ca. 20-25 May: Berlioz received in audience by Napoleon III together with 40 other guests, and hands him a copy of the poem of les Troyens (CG no. 2299)

17 July: Berlioz appointed member of the commission for the normalisation of concert pitch

1859

25 February: Berlioz is one of 12 signatories of the official report of the commission on concert pitch which is published in le Moniteur universel

30 July: Berlioz reads the poem of les Troyens in front of an audience comprising Count Morny and other members of the emperor’s circle

22 October: on the death of Ludwig Spohr Liszt seeks election as foreign member of the Institut

5 November onwards: Berlioz campaigns for the election of Liszt as foreign member of the Institut (CG nos. 2428, 2429, 2442, 2443)

3 December: Liszt fails to be elected to the Institut; Verdi is elected (CG nos. 2447, 2449, 2678)

1860

10 February: Berlioz and all the members of the music section of the Institut received in audience by the minister for public education (CG no. 2480)

12 May: Berlioz attends the Institut for the Prix de Rome competition (CG no. 2502)

1861

21 March: Berlioz is member of the commission to examine candidates for the posts of director and assistant director of military music

7 June: Berlioz attends a dinner given by Prince Poniatowski in honour of Liszt

5 July: Berlioz spends the whole day as member of the jury for the Prix de Rome competition (CG no. 2564)

11 and 12 September: publication in the Journal des Débats of a letter addressed to the members of the Académie des Beaux-Arts

1862

17 March: death of Halévy, permanent secretary of the Académie des Beaux-Arts

4 April: Berlioz is pressed by his colleagues to apply for the post of permanent secretary of the Académie des Beaux-Arts (CG no. 2601)

12 April: Beulé elected as permanent secretary after 4 rounds of voting, with 19 votes out of 36 (CG no. 2608)

13 June: death of Marie Recio-Berlioz at Saint-Germain-en-Laye

16 June: funeral of Marie Recio-Berlioz at Montmartre cemetery

12 July: Berlioz attends the Institut for the first time in a month (CG no. 2630)

1863

7 January: Berlioz attends a ball at the Tuileries palace (CG no. 2689)

12 January: Berlioz attends a ball at the Tuileries palace, but the emperor does not speak to him (CG no. 2689)

9 May: Berlioz attends the Institut (CG no. 2724)

3-4 July: Berlioz attends the final sessions for the Prix de Rome competition; the first prize goes to Massenet

13 November: an imperial decree removes the management of the Prix de Rome competitions from the Institut to a special panel of experts (of which Berlioz was occasionally a member) (Memoirs chapter 22; cf. CG nos. 2870, 3239, 3244)

1864

ca. 4 April: Berlioz attends at the Tuileries a small ball at which the emperor does not come (CG no. 2850)

15 July: Berlioz does not vote for Saint-Saëns for the Prix de Rome prize (CG no. 2870)

1865

1 January: Berlioz does not attend the morning reception at court (CG no. 2961)

11 January: Berlioz attends a ball at the Tuileries (CG no. 2970)

ca. 10 February: Berlioz too ill to attend a ball given by Prince Napoleon

10 April: Berlioz congratulates Jules Janin on his election to the Académie française, though in practice Janin had not been elected (CG no. 2998)

1866

19 March: death of Clapisson

21 March: Berlioz attends the funeral of Clapisson; he succeeds to his position as curator of the museum of the Conservatoire (CG no. 3112)

12 May: Charles Gounod is elected to succeed Clapisson in the music section of the Institut, with the support of Berlioz; Félicien David is not elected (CG no. 3132)

1867

April: Berlioz appointed member of four juries, including that for the Prix de Rome (CG no. 3239)

10 June: Berlioz too ill to attend a reception at Court, to which he had been invited CG no. 3244)

11 June: Camille Saint-Saëns wins the prix de Rome; Berlioz was a member of the jury (CG no. 3244)

29 September: Berlioz goes to the Institut to discuss with the sculptor Perraud a bust he is due to make for Steinway in New York (CG no. 3279)

1868

29 February: Berlioz goes to the Institut to see the sculptor Perraud about the making of his bust

May to August: Berlioz frequently signs in on Saturday mornings at the Institut, but is unable to attend the sessions (CG no. 3363)

25 November: Berlioz, though very ill, attends a session of the Institut to vote for Charles Blanc

1869

6 January: last attested visit of Berlioz to the Institut

8 March: death of Berlioz

11 March: funeral of Berlioz, attended by members of the Institut

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