Epic Proportions

HUGH MACDONALD looks at Hector Berlioz's lifelong admiration for Vergil's Aeneid, a story that the composer endowed with unequalled grandeur in Les Troyens.

 n January 1858, just before Berlioz completed work on Les Troyens, he gave a private reading of The Aeneid to Richard Wagner, who was then on a visit to Paris. Wagner was appalled by what he heard...

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