Symphony

Symphony

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Joining an early nineteenth-century English Shakespeare company en route to Paris, Irish actress Harriet Smithson finds herself embroiled in one of history's most notorious love affairs involving the young composer Hector Berlioz, who uses her as his inspiration for Symphonie Fantastique. 20,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

In 1827 Harriet Smithson, a beautiful and talented young Irish actress, makes an unusual decision. Determined to avoid the traditional route to stardom via the manager’s bed, she joins an English company in the bold experiment of taking Shakespeare to Paris.

With the ferment of revolution in the air, the new generation is longing for a novel kind of passionate, spontaneous art. And to Harriet’s astonishment, it is embodied in her---La Belle Irlandaise. In the midst of this frenzy she finds herself pursued by a strange, intense young composer named Hector Berlioz. So begins a painful and profound love affair. She is his muse, his idée fixe, his obsession; and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, directly inspired by Harriet, will change music forever.

Symphony is an audacious, brilliant, and haunting novel, set against a background of nineteenth-century theatre, Romantic art, music, and revolutionary Europe. But at its heart lies the story of two lives transfigured and destroyed by genius, inspiration, and madness.



Baker
& Taylor

Joining an early-nineteenth-century English Shakespeare company en route to Paris, Irish actress Harriet Smithson finds herself embroiled in one of history's most notorious love affairs involving the young composer Hector Berlioz.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312369514
0312369514
Branch Call Number: F MOR
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 22 cm

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