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Tim Benton, Lecturer in the History of Art at the Open University talks about similarities in Delacroix's and Berlioz's attitude to creativity. Unlike the classical Ingres, they admired the virtuou...sity of Pagannini. Their imaginations were inflamed by Shakespeare, Byron, Goethe and Beethoven while they shocked the establishment by unorthodox artistic creations in their belief that the artist should transmit his feelings to the soul of the spectator, or listener. The programme includes music from the Fantastic Symphony which reflects Berlioz's great melancholy caused by the impact of the Shakespearean actress, Harriet Smithson. In Childe Harold in Italy, Berlioz identifies himself with the hero of Byron's autobiographical poem and La Captive, adapted from Victor Hugo's prem, is as exotic as Delacroix's painted Odalisgues or Les Femmes d'Algiers. This illustrated talk stresses the strong connections between the arts in early 19th century France. Given that the listener knows something of Delacroix's painting, the talk is of interest in relation to any study of this period.
Metadata describing this Open University audio programme
Module code and title: A202, The age of revolutions
Item code: A202; 24
Recording date: 1972-02-11
First transmission date: 08-07-1972
Published: 1972
Rights Statement: Rights owned or controlled by The Open University
Restrictions on use: This material can be used in accordance with The Open University conditions of use. A link to the conditions can be found at the bottom of all OUDA web pages.
Duration: 00:18:41
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Producer: Nick Levinson
Contributors: Tim Benton; Alexander John; Robert Mill
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Childe Harold in Italy; Fantastic Symphony; La Captive
Master spool number: TLN06FM179J
Production number: TLN06FM179J
Available to public: no