Using Berlioz's critical writings, his arrangements of others' songs, and his own compositions, the article investigates an aesthetic strand of sympathy linking Berlioz to a type of melody used by Dalayrac (1753-1809). The latter's best opéras-comiques, heard by the youthful Berlioz, continued to be staged in the Romantic period, and were reviewed sympathetically by him. He responded to what he discerned as their fundamental naturalness and unselfconsciousness, and attempted to analyse this critically. Specific techniques link Hylas' song in 'Les Troyens', Act V, with the Dalayrac Romance style.
|Title of host publication||Berlioz and Debussy: Sources, Contexts and Legacies|
|Subtitle of host publication||Essays in Honour of François Lesure|
|Editors||Barbara L. Kelly, Kerry Murphy|
|Place of Publication||Aldershot|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
- Berlioz, Dalayrac, Romance, opéra-comique, popular melody