Music Fueled By Desire Hector Berlioz Symphony Fantastique

The Score

THE SCORE REVEALS the different techniques Berlioz used to paint an ever-changing portrait of his muse as the Symphony progresses.


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What does this version of the idee fixe tell us about Berlioz's feelings for Harriet?
Anonymous (not verified)
May 28, 2013

Berlioz and Brahms were both influenced by Beethoven's nine symphony. How did Berlioz and Brahms differ in their reaction (as symphonic composers) to Beethoven?

Anonymous (not verified)
April 21, 2011

It was alright

Anonymous
April 20, 2010
haaa
Anonymous
February 2, 2010
the chromatic run gives an eerie feel to the pretty melody, suggesting he is in fact obsessivly in love
Anonymous
February 2, 2010
How do we comment?
Anonymous
February 2, 2010
OMG The first movement is radical in its harmonic outline, building a vast arch back to the home key, which, while similar to the sonata form of classical composition, was taken as a departure by Parisian critics. It is here that the listener is introduced to the theme of the artist's beloved, or the idée fixe..
Anonymous
February 2, 2010
It has a graceful melody, but already he seems intensely emotional about her, and it's a bit disconcerting
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