Evenings With the Orchestra

By Hector Berlioz, Jacques Barzun

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During the performances of fashionable operas in an unidentified but "civilized" town in northern Europe, the musicians (with the exception of the conscientious bass drummer) tell tales, read stories, and exchange gossip to relieve the tedium of the bad music they are paid to perform. In this delightful and now classic narrative written by the brilliant composer and critic During the performances of fashionable...

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May 15th 1999 by University of Chicago Press

(first published 1852)

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