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Musicians of To-Day

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Author: Romain Rolland
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 88,213 / 267 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.8
LoC Categories: CT, ML
Downloads: 913
Added to site: 2005.08.08 10996
Genres: Music, Biography

Translated by Mary Blaiklock.

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through the thick forest and over the rugged crags of his work.

Not only do you get no help from Berlioz in this way, but he is the first to lead you astray and wander with you in the paths of error. To understand his genius you must seize hold of it unaided. His genius was really great, but, as I shall try to show you, it lay at the mercy of a weak character.

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Everything about Berlioz was misleading, even his appearance. In legendary portraits he appears as a dark southerner with black hair and sparkling eyes. But he was really very fair and had blue eyes,[5] and Joseph d'Ortigue tells us they were deep-set and piercing, though sometimes clouded by melancholy or languor.[6] He had a broad forehead furrowed with wrinkles by the time he was thirty, and a thick mane of hair, or, as E. Legouvé puts it, "a large umbrella of hair, projecting like a movable awning over the beak of a bird of prey."[7]

[Footnote 5: "I was fair," wrote Berlioz to Bülow (unpublished



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