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By Jacques Barzun

In this abridgment of his enormous research, Berlioz and the Romantic Century, Jacques Barzun recounts the occasions and notable achievements of the nice composer's existence opposed to the history of the romantic period. because the writer eloquently demonstrates, Berloiz was once an archetype whose future used to be the tale of an age, the incarnation of a creative type and a old spirit. "In order to appreciate the 19th century, it's necessary to comprehend Berlioz," notes W. H. Auden, "and so as to comprehend Berlioz, it's necessary to learn Professor Barzun."

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