A paradox man. It is with these four words as Camille Saint-Saëns describes, in 1890, Hector Berlioz. Four words that, at the time of the 150th anniversary of his disappearance, perfectly sum up his place in our Pantheon of music and culture. Too much fire for some, not quite understandable, for the other, the father of the Symphonie fantastique has long suffered from a status that is marginal in the history of French music.

moreover, “it has not officially done school, such as Saint-Säens, for example, noted musicologist Alexandre Dratwicki, scientific director of the centre de musique romantique française Palazzetto Bru Zane. Yet, if one looks more closely, his influence on French music, and well beyond, is unquestionable. And I’m not talking about genres for which he could claim authorship in our country, as the ode-symphony, or the melody with the orchestra.”

” READ ALSO – Bruno Messina: “Berlioz at the Panthéon!” …

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