Central to a critique of Berlioz, lately, is the majestic biography by David Cairns, Berlioz: The Making of an Artist and Berlioz: Servitude and Greatness. A four-year commemoration of the Berlioz bicentenary, "Berlioz 2003," has been organized by the Orchestre de Paris, the Bibliothèèque Nationale de France, and an international commission to oversee concerts and opera (e.g., Les Troyens at the Salzburg Festival, excerpts from Les Francs-Juges, Berlioz's setting of Weber's Le Freischüütz, Martin Matalon's Otras ficciones), educational and promotional activities (exhibitions, a Calendrier Berlioz, a Dictionnaire Berlioz), and colloquia (Smith College, Bayreuth, etc.). Disputes have included the question of moving the composer's remains to the Panthééon and the allegation that Les Troyens promotes Fascist ideals. Obituary of Franççois Lesure; short review of books by Peter Bloom, Thomas Kelly, Michael Rose, and Julian Rushton.

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