Guides to Composers and Their Works


Hector Berlioz

Berlioz Centenary Committee London. Hector Berlioz: New Edition of the Complete Works.

Holoman, D. Kern. Catalogue of the Works of Hector Berlioz.

Hopkinson, Cecil. A Bibliography of the Musical and Literary works of Hector Berlioz 1803- 1869: With Histories of the French Music Publishers Concerned, 2d edition.

Langford, Jeffrey, and Jane Denker Graves. Hector Berlioz: A Guide to Research.


Berlioz Centenary Committee London. Hector Berlioz: New Edition of the Complete Works. Catalogue of the Works of Hector Berlioz, vol. 25, by D. Kern Holoman. London and New York: Bärenreiter, 1987. Mus Ref ML 134 .B5 H58x

Use: Comprehensive and descriptive catalogue of the complete musical works and writings of Hector Berlioz. Both minor and major, lost and extant, choral and instrumental works are detailed. Attempts to present and categorize the complete spectrum of Berlioz’s works.

Coverage: Covers known musical works and writings of Berlioz. Intent is to also provide most detailed documentary information available for each work.

Organization: Organized by date of completion, beginning with earliest work. All entries specify whether or not the work is lost or extant. Extensive entries include: musical incipits, known versions, publisher info, date of completion, first performance, and explanatory notes. Two appendices found at end of book. Appendix A presents a table of musical works by oeuvre numbers. Appendix B documents Berlioz’s own catalogue of his works. Illustrations interspersed throughout.

Pros: Most comprehensive and detailed catalogue available of the writings and compositions of Berlioz.

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Holoman, D. Kern. Catalogue of the Works of Hector Berlioz. In Hector Berlioz New Edition of the Complete Works, vol. 25. Kassel: Barenreiter, 1987. Mus Ref ML 134 .B5 H58x 1987

Uses: A clear chronology of Berlioz compositions. Useful in locating scholarly editions, manuscripts, and documented information on early publications.

Coverage: Current to 1987. Includes Berlioz’s works and writings. Provides all types of sources including manuscripts, autographs, and printed scores.

Organization: Divided into general categories of works such as symphonies, operas, etc. Each entry gives date of composition, sources to consult, dedicatee, texts (for vocal works), references to historical background of the piece, first publisher of the piece, autograph location, record of performances, and some musical examples. Also contains a catalog of his prose works in books and reports. Includes indexes of names, titles, and first lines. There are appendices of Berlioz’s catalog of his own works, and a table of musical works.

Pros: User friendly indexes. Clear organization with sections distinguished from each other. Entries list all known significant copies of music to 1987.

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Hopkinson, Cecil. A Bibliography of the Musical and Literary works of Hector Berlioz 1803- 1869: With Histories of the French Music Publishers Concerned, 2d edition. Edited by Richard Macnutt. Forward by Alec Hyatt King. Hertford: Stephen Austin and Sons Ltd, 1980. First Published by Edinburgh Bibliographical Society. Edinburgh: R.& R. Clark Ltd, 1951. Mus Ref 134 .B5 H6 1980

Use: A source for the research of Berlioz- identifies his works both musical and literary.

Coverage: Information gathered from the authors own library as well as libraries throughout the world. Concentrates on the early editions of Berlioz’s music, generally not dealing with publications after 1895. No mention of original bindings.

Organization: First section works arranged and numbered in chronological order of publication not opus number. Date of composition ignored. Portions of works published are entered under their own date, although portions of the same orchestra work are found under one number. Part two is the literary books of Berlioz divided into four sections: libretti, books, correspondence, and miscellaneous work. Magazine articles are not included. Appendixes include: List of works with opus numbers, lists of works without opus numbers, lists of librettists, dedicates, lists of manuscripts with their locations, histories of French music publishers connected with Berlioz, and lists of their plate numbers, cheak - list of books about Berlioz, breakdown of the volumes of the New Berlioz Edition. General index also included.

Pros: Gives histories of the French publishers associated with Berlioz. Lists his manuscripts and their locations.

Cons: Writings of Berlioz contained in magazine articles are not referenced.

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Langford, Jeffrey, and Jane Denker Graves. Hector Berlioz: A Guide to Research. Garland Composer Resource Manuals, vol. 22. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, vol. 1025. New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1989. Mus Ref ML 134 .B5 L3 1989

Use: Useful as a beginning research tool in the study of Hector Berlioz for the student and the professional.

Coverage: Includes 900 of the most prominent pieces of Berlioz research and criticism that have appeared over the years. Excluded are discographies, program notes, and short articles in daily newspapers, reviews of sound recordings, and reviews of performances. Materials in several European languages are included (works in English, French, and German mostly). Also includes annotated bibliographies of writings by and about Hector Berlioz. Contains a list of his compositions, his prose writings, and book and articles about him and his music. References represent a search of the Berlioz literature from 1832-1998. Many important databases, print indexes and abstracts were used in the compiling such as MLA Bibliography, Philosopher’s Index, Dissertation Abstracts, and RILM, Music Index and so forth (a list is located in Preface).

Organized: A Works List is located near the beginning arranged alphabetically by title. Entries include title, the Holoman number (refers to the chronological order of the works established by D. Kern Holoman), genre, text, date of composition, publication information and other remarks. See section explanations for further instructions for comprehension of codes. The bibliography is arranged according to subject: biography, criticism, analysis, genres, individual works, etc. Each bibliographic citation includes the author’s name, title and pages of article or chapter, book or periodical title, publication information, ISBN or ISSN number, Library of Congress call number, OCLC number, and a short annotation. Throughout the bibliography, the entire Le ménestral series by Julien Tiersot (a most significant source study of Berlioz’s is music) is cited under the appropriate subjects. Because this source study does not have a complete English translation, these annotations are in greater detail. An appendix at the end provides a list of complete issues of periodicals devoted to Berlioz. Additional access to materials on specific topics can be found by referring to the author and proper name and subject indexes at the end of the book.

Pros: Citations give helpful information for interlibrary loan.

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