History of Classical Music

Romantic Symphony

(Romantic 2)

The Romantic Symphony is an expanded version of the Classical symphony. It is much larger in size and in length with the addition of many more instruments and sometimes more than four movements.

Many Romantic symphonies were examples of program music, a new instrumental form. Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastiqueis an example of a Romantic symphony. Throughout the symphony, the story of a young man's love for a woman is told. Berlioz uses one main musical idea to describe the woman. This theme is known as the idee fixe.

Hector Berlioz
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Hector Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique: Mvmt 4, Marche au Supplice
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Hector Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique: Mvmt 5, Dream of a Sabbath Night

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Marche au Supplice, MIDI sequence by Hideo Itoh
    from Classical MIDI Connection
Dream of a Sabbath Night, MIDI sequence by Matt Carr
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Hector Berlioz, "Symphonie Fantastique"; Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Etc.; Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker; Privilege: Deutsche Grammophon;
    ©1990 Polydor Int'l (429 511-2)


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