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Berlioz Photo Album : Friends and acquaintances (2)
Unless otherwise stated all pictures on this page have been scanned from engravings, postcards and other publications in our own collection. All rights of reproduction reserved.
Estelle Fornier (née Dubœuf)
Berlioz’s first and last love
This photo was taken when Madame Fornier was in Geneva; she sent a copy to Berlioz.(Memoirs; Correspondance Générale no. 2970). A copy of the photo is now in the Hector Berlioz Museum at La Côte Saint-André. See also our pages on Meylan where Berlioz first met his ‘Stella montis’, and on Geneva where he visited her in 1865 and 1866.
known as Camille Moke (1811-1875)
Berlioz and Mlle. Moke met and later became engaged in 1830, but while he
was in Italy as a Prix de Rome laureate in 1831 she broke off the engagement
and married Camille Pleyel, a rich piano manufacturer. Their marriage broke
down after a few years because of her "disorderly behaviour and
persistent infidelity", according to her husband.
A copy of this picture is in the Hector Berlioz Museum at La Côte Saint-André.
Jean-François Lesueur (1760-1837)
Lesueur was Berlioz’s first music teacher in Paris in the 1820s. Berlioz wrote about him in some of his articles, and devoted Chapter VI of his Mémoires to him. When Lesueur died Berlioz wrote an extensive obituary in the Journal des Débats of 15th October 1837 (reprinted in Critique musicale, vol. III, pp. 295-301).
Jean-François Lesueur c. 1830
The above 1830 engraving is reproduced here courtesy of
nationale de France.
Statue of Lesueur in Abbeville
Lesueur was born in Abbeville, a town in the Picardie region. In August 1852 a statue was erected in the town to honour his memory. At the inauguration ceremony, attended by many people note, speeches were made by the Mayer of the town, the president of the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France, and a pupil of Lesueur. In connection with this event, Berlioz devoted a substantial part of his feuilleton of the 27th August in the Journal des Débats to Lesueur and his music, and ended the piece with a report of the inauguration ceremony.
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Berlioz met Liszt in
1830, when he attended the first performance of Symphonie
Fantastique at the Paris
Conservatoire. The story of their close friendship, which lasted from
1830 to 1866, is related in our Berlioz
and Liszt page. See
also the related page Berlioz in Weimar.
The above lithograph is by Devéria, published in a 19th century book in our collection. A printed reproduction of the lithograph is in the Musée Hector Berlioz.
– Haydn Greenway 1995
© Haydn Greenway. All rights of reproduction in any form reserved.
We are most grateful to Mr Greenway for sending us a copy of
this drawing and granting us permission to reproduce it here.
This portrait of Liszt is by Miklós Barabás (1810-1898).
The original painting is at the Hungarian National Museum / Hungarian
We are most grateful to Mr Andrea Vörös-Márky for the information regarding the location of the painting.
Liszt in Weimar in 1856
The above painting is by Richard Lauchert, who also painted a portrait of Berlioz. in 1855 on one of his visits to Weimar.
Princess Carolyne von Sayn-Wittgenstein (1819-1887)
The above lithograph by C Fischer shows the Princess with her daughter Princess Marie von Sayn-Wittgenstein in 1844.
The Princess was Liszt’s mistress and a close friend of Berlioz. She urged Berlioz to write his masterpiece Les Troyens, which is dedicated to her and Virgil. Berlioz’s Memoirs and correspondence with the Princess about this opera provide a detailed history of its evolution and composition.
On 18 February 1855 Berlioz attended a reception at the Altenburg
in Weimar for the birthday of Princess Marie; he improvised the Valse chantée par le vent on
the young princess’s
Princess Carolyne in later years
A copy of this photograph is in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris.
Louis-François Bertin, the founder of the influential Journal des Débats, and his sons Armand and François-Edouard were Berlioz’s staunch supporters throughout his career. Berlioz wrote for the Débats as columnist, music critic and writer on music matters for over 30 years until the mid-1860s.
We are most grateful to our friend Gene Halaburt for sending us the portrait of Monsieur Bertin and his sons.
Louis-François Bertin (1766-1841)
Armand Bertin (1801-1854)
François-Edouard Bertin (1797-1871)
Alfred de Vigny (1797-1863)
The poet Alfred de Vigny revised for Berlioz Barbier and
Wailly’s libretto of Benvenuto Cellini.
A copy of this lithograph by Achille Devéria is in the Musée Carnavalet, Paris.
Théophile Gautier (1811-1872)
Berlioz and Gautier were lifelong friends. Gautier wrote an article in defence of Benvenuto Cellini when it was performed at the Opéra in 1838, and a warm obituary of the composer after his death in 1869. Berlioz on his side set six of Gautier’s poems to music in Les Nuits d’été. Gautier once wrote that “Hector Berlioz seems to me to form with Hugo and Delacroix, the Trinity of Romantic Art”.
Gautier c. 1857
The above photo was taken by Nadar around 1857.
Madame Pauline Viardot (née García) (1821-1910)
This photo of Madame Viardot was taken by Pierre Petit. A
reproduction of the original photo is in our collection.
Madame Pauline Viardot (née García) (1821-1910)
This photograph shows Madame Viardot as Orphée in Gluck’s opera at the Théâtre Lyrique, Paris. Berlioz supervised this celebrated production of Orphée and coached Pauline Viardot in the title role. She was a close friend of Berlioz. He used to call her "belle laide" [beautiful ugly].
Jules Janin (1804-1874)
Berlioz, wrote critical articles for the Journal des Débats. When
Harriet Smithson died in 1854 he wrote a moving obituary which Berlioz later
quoted in his Memoirs.
This photo was taken by Nadar around 1855.
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