Quelques nouvelles observations sur 'Herminie' de Berlioz (1828)

Translated title of the contribution: Some new observations on Berlioz's 'Herminie' (1828)

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This essay proceeds via a sequence of considerations: the story of Herminia within Tasso's epic poem, 'Gerusalemme Liberata'; the libretto of the cantata 'Herminie'; Berlioz's orchestral epilogue; Berlioz's compositional concerns in 1828; the later-famous 'idée fixe' theme (Symphonie fantastique), which is here associated with Tancrède. The conclusion is that 'Herminie' evinces an important development in the imaginative uses of an 'idée fixe', one which was to be further fructified by Berlioz's experience of hearing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
Translated title of the contributionSome new observations on Berlioz's 'Herminie' (1828)
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationLe Concours du prix de Rome de musique (1803-1968)
EditorsJulia Lu, Alexandre Dratwicki
Place of PublicationLyon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-2-914373-51-7
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NamePerpetuum mobile
ISSN (Print)1965-0299


  • Berlioz, 'Heminie', Tasso, cantata

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