De la musique mécanique et de la musique philosophique, suivi d'une épître à un célèbre compositeur Français

This brochure of 1826 combines three articles first published in L’Abeille in 1821: in the midst of the controversy incited by the performances of Rossini’s Otello at the Théâtre-Italien, Berton was responding to Stendhal, who saw him as the champion of the counter-revolution in music. Augmented by an epistle in verse addressed to a French musician, Boieldieu, whom Berton enjoins to not let down his guard in the face of the new trend, this brochure constitutes an important document of French anti-Rossinianism under the Restoration, even if Rossini himself is never named. The text takes an agonistic structure, vigorously defending the past masters of music (Berton was a member of the Institut and professor at the Conservatoire) against the wayward ways of the young school.

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editorAlexis Eymery
place of publicationParis
years of publication1826
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