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Berlioz Photo Album : Friends and acquaintances in Marseille and Lyon

Unless otherwise stated all pictures on Berlioz Photos pages have been scanned from engravings, paintings, postcards and other publications in our own collection, including, on this page, the issue of Musica of  February 1907 which was devoted entirely to Ernest Reyer. All rights of reproduction reserved.

See also elsewhere on this site Berlioz and Lyon, Berlioz and Marseille and Berlioz and Marseille: friends and acquaintances 

 

Auguste Morel (1809-1881)

Morel was a musician, composer and writer, and a life-long friend of Berlioz. He was director of  the Conservatoire of Marseille from 1852 to 1873. Berlioz gave the autograph score of Harold en Italie to him. The above lithograph was made by Bornemann and printed by Lemercier & C.ie (Paris); it is reproduced here courtesy of  the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

See also: Berlioz and Marseille: friends and acquaintances, Auguste Morel and Berlioz (1869-1881) (in French), Auguste Morel: documents on his career (in French), and Benvenuto Cellini, a review by Auguste Morel (in French).

 

Ernest Reyer (1823-1909)

Reyer was a writer and composer, and an ardent champion of Berlioz and his music during Berlioz’s lifetime and for many decades afterwards. He first met Berlioz in Paris in 1854. The above picture shows Reyer as a young man in 1852.

Reyer at the age of 40

 

Reyer in 1891

 

Reyer in 1907

 

Joseph Méry (1789-1866)

Méry was a writer and poet whose wit Berlioz appreciated. He wrote the libretto of two of Reyer’s operas, Maître Wolfram and Érostrate.

 

Théodore Bennet, known as Théodore Ritter (1841-1886)

Ritter was a child prodigy gifted with exceptional musical talents whom Berlioz became extremely fond of. He transcribed the orchestral movements of Roméo et Juliette for the piano.

Théodore Bennet, known as Théodore Ritter (1841-1886)

The original copies of Ritter’s pictures above are in the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

 

Adolphe-Joseph-Louis Alizard (1814-1850)

Alizard was a singer (bass) whose talents Berlioz admired very much; he sang the part of  Friar Lawrence in the first performances of Roméo et Juliette in November and December 1839. 
The above cartoon appeared in the satirical journal Charivari in 1847. It depicts Alizard in the role of Roger in Jérusalem at the Paris Opéra. The image reproduced here is courtesy of  the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

 

François George Hainl (1807-1873)

Hainl was a cellist by training and was conductor at the Grand-Théâtre in Lyon from 1840 to 1863. Berlioz probably met Hainl in Paris before his appointment in Lyon.
An original copy of the above engraving, published in 1850, is in the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Hainl in advanced age

The above engraving, published in the 1873, is reproduced here courtesy of  the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Hainl in advanced age

 

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