On this page you will find reproduced in translation a number of texts by Berlioz concerning his own music. These concern in the first instance the orchestral and instrumental works included in the collection Berlioz Music Scores (symphonies, overtures etc.), but other works as well are included. The excerpts are taken from a variety of sources: the Memoirs, the composer’s correspondence, and other writings as well (such as the programme of the Symphonie Fantastique, or the preface to Romeo and Juliet). Other passages of a more general kind are also included, as for instance the clear-sighted and objective characterisation of his own musical style by Berlioz in the 1856 postscript of the Memoirs, and a special section is devoted to excerpts from his Treatise on Instrumentation and Orchestration. More texts will be added in due course. A number of texts relating to Berlioz’s predecessors and contemporaries will also be found in the page entitled Berlioz: Predecessors and Contemporaries. The texts have all been translated by Michel Austin from the original French specifically for this site. For ease of reference a list of passages cited from the Memoirs has been included below.
Available on this site in the original French are also the texts and libretti of Berlioz’s vocal music, and the complete French text of his Soirées de l’Orchestre (1852), Grotesques de la Musique (1859), À Travers Chants (1862), and the posthumous Mémoires (1870). See also the Index of letters of Berlioz cited on this site.
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Berlioz Music Scores: Texts and Documents created on 9 October 2001 and reorganised on 2 August 2002; substantial additions made since.
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