Macmillan, 10.12.2007 - 374 Seiten
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - bolero - LibraryThing
Jude Morgan has become one of my favorite authors. It took awhile for this to develop into the strong novel I expected from Morgan on this historical account of Hector Berlioz and his actress love Harriet Smithson. Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - twyning - LibraryThing
I thought this was a good book but it didn't quite fill its potential. The characters are very well written and Berlioz and his wife are sympathetically drawn. After a great start and middle it just petered out at the end. Vollständige Rezension lesen