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By Jacques Barzun

In this abridgment of his huge learn, Berlioz and the Romantic Century, Jacques Barzun recounts the occasions and outstanding achievements of the nice composer's lifestyles opposed to the historical past of the romantic period. because the writer eloquently demonstrates, Berloiz used to be an archetype whose future used to be the tale of an age, the incarnation of a creative sort and a historic spirit. "In order to appreciate the 19th century, it's necessary to comprehend Berlioz," notes W. H. Auden, "and as a way to comprehend Berlioz, it's necessary to learn Professor Barzun."

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