Unless otherwise stated all pictures on Berlioz Photos pages have been scanned from engravings, paintings, postcards and other publications in our own collection. All rights of reproduction reserved.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
scènes de Faust and later one of his masterpieces, La
Damnation de Faust, were inspired by Goethe’s Faust. Berlioz had
read Nerval’s French translation of Faust in 1828. On his visits to Weimar,
Berlioz saw Goethe’s town and country houses.
See also on this site Berlioz
and Goethe – Eugène Delacroix Lithographs
and Goethe – Other paintings.
The above carte de visite (CDV) was published in the 1860s. It is in our own collection.
The above postcard was published in 1900. There is no information on the back of the card about the artist and date of the original portrait.
Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805)
Our early 20th century postcard is a reproduction of an engraving showing Schiller in his study, drawn probably in the late 18th or early 19th century. We have not been able to establish who the artist was.
Berlioz’s Les Brigands, composed in 1833, was
inspired by Schiller, whom he adored. On his visits to Weimar,
Berlioz saw the house where Schiller lived from 1802
until his death in 1805: ‘These two
little windows provide air to the miserable attic in which Schiller lived! It
is in this modest dwelling that the great poet of noble impulses wrote Don
Carlos, Mary Stuart, The Brigans, Wallenstein! That
is where he lived as a poor student! (Memoirs
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
Berlioz’s overtures Waverley
and Rob Roy
MacGregor originated in his enthusiasm for Scott’s Waverley
Novels, which he read in French translation during his student days in Paris
in the 1820s.
The original painting, by Andrew Geddes (c. 1818), is in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.
For a comprehensive account of the life and works of Sir Walter Scott please visit the Edinburgh University Library’s remarkable Walter Scott Digital Archive.
The above picture has been scanned from an information document published by
the Abbotsford charitable
trust; Abbotsford, located in Melrose, Scotland, was the home of Sir Walter
Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
Berlioz set to music two of Hugo’s poems: La
Captive and Sara la baigneuse.
A copy of this lithograph by Devéra, which dates from 1829, is in the Musée Hector Berlioz
at La Côte Saint-André.
See also Berlioz
and Victor Hugo on this site.
The image here is courtesy of Madame Chantal Spillemaecker, Conservateur du Musée Hector-Berlioz, to whom we are most grateful.
Victor Hugo in advanced age
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