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Berlioz, Hector    1803-1869    France

       Benvenuto Cellini - Overture (Berlioz)

1    Main theme


   Harold in Italy Op 18
       Harold in Italy Op 18. 1st movement - Harold in the Mountains (Berlioz)

1    Intro A1


2    Intro A2


3    Intro B


4    Theme 1 - entry of solo viola


5    Theme 2


6    Theme 3

       Harold in Italy Op 18. 2nd movement - March of the Pilgrims (Berlioz)

1    Main tune

       Harold in Italy Op 18. 3rd movement -Serenade (Berlioz)

1    Theme 1


2    Theme 2

       Harold in Italy Op 18. 4th movement - Orgy of the Brigands (Berlioz)

1    Theme 1


2    Theme 2


3    Theme 3

       Le Corsair - Overture (Berlioz)

1    Main theme

       Rakoczy March (Berlioz)

1    Main theme

       Roman Carnival Overture (Berlioz)

1    Roman Carnival Overture


   Symphonie Fantastique Op 14
       Symphonie Fantastique Op 14 1st movement Rêverie, Passions (Berlioz)

1    Symphonie Fantastique Op 14 1st Movt. Rêverie, Passions


2    This is the second theme of the introduction to the 1st movement, a tune on the french horns, as the tempo and passion heat up a bit.


3    This is the famous idée fixe, or fixed idea, (perhaps an appropriate modern word would be obsession?). It starts on the violins, at a feverish tempo..

       Symphonie Fantastique Op 14 2nd movement - A Ball (Berlioz)

1    Accompanied by quivering violin chords, this sombre cello tune opens the 2nd movement, with a flourish from the harp..


2    This waltz is the principal theme of this ball movement, played on the first violins.


3    Theme 2 is Berlioz's idée fixe from the 1st movt, in a modified rhythm and played by the oboes and flutes.

       Symphonie Fantastique Op 14 3rd movement Scène aux champs (Berlioz)

1    Scène aux champs. Shepherd's calls, on cor anglais, then oboe.


2    After the introductory "ranz des vaches", this peaceful simple tune on the violins establishes the feeling of contentment in the countryside.


3    This second theme, also on the violins, continues the tranquil mood, possibly with a hint of disturbing thoughts emerging.

       Symphonie Fantastique Op 14 4th movement - March to the Scaffold (Berlioz)

1    Theme 1 is a sombre plodding march, a descending scale by the cellos and double basses.


2    Theme 2 is a triumphant march played by blazing brass and woodwind sections.

       Symphonie Fantastique Op 14 5th movement Witches' Sabath (Berlioz)

1    This is the witches' dance, a frenzied tune played by the clarinets.(I've omitted the grace notes and trills from the first 10 notes in the theme dictionary)


2    The bell tolls, then the ancient plainsong melody Dies Irae (Day of Wrath, from funeral service) is heard on the Ophleicide (here scored for 3rd trombone)


3    3rd theme

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