Sunday, June 3, 2012

Berlioz's Hair

Hector Berlioz,  1832
The high forehead, precipitously overhanging the deep-set eyes, the great curving hawk-nose, the thin, finely-cut lips, the rather short chin, the enormous shock of light-brown hair against the fantastic wealth of which the barber could do nothing–whoever had seen this head would never forget it. 
–Ferdinand Hiller, Berlioz's classmate 
. . .a head of hair– such a head of hair!
It looked like an enormous umbrella of hair projecting like an awning over the beak of a bird of prey. 
 –Ernest Legouvé, dramatist

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