- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; 1 edition (July 10 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486298906
- ISBN-13: 978-0486298900
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 240 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 (Episode in the Life of an Artist) Paperback – Jul 10 1997
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From the Back Cover
Hector Berlioz (1803-69), considered the father of modern orchestration, possessed an intuitive musical genius. A brilliant colorist and master of the unexpected rhythmic break, he brought a new symphonic richness to Romantic music. Berlioz was both damned and venerated by his contemporaries: Mendelsson considered him devoid of talent, and Paganini declared him the one true heir to the spirit of Beethoven. The composer seems to have sought in music a way to soothe and give voice to the psychological instabilities and contradictions that more than once brought him to despair. He pioneered the development of what has come to be called -program music- -- i.e., instrumental music with an extramusical significance. He strove to communicate musically the experiences, psychological themes, scenic descriptions, and literary allusions more commonly associated with the confessional writings of Romantic poets.
This newest addition to Dover's critically praised music score series presents two of the greatest of these program pieces, Symphonie Fantastique and Harold in Italy. Here are the full scores of both major symphonic works -- painstakingly reproduced from the authoritative Breitkopf & Hartel edition, available for the first time in one convenient volume -- plus Berlioz's -program- for the Symphonie Fantastique. Musicians and music lovers everywhere will value this high-quality inexpensive edition, ideal for study and performance.
Top Customer Reviews
Don't be scared off by the small print. If you've ever taken a music class where you analyze music, then you should be used to this print. And even if you haven't worked with such small print, you'll get used to the size quickly. Lastly, if you ever want to blow-up the score on a photo-copier, the resolution does not drop off at all.
Again, the price is the best part....
If you're looking for the best recording of Symphonie Fantastique, check out Muit's at Philadelphia. Don't be fooled by the budget price, it's fantastique!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
The musical score is unabridged, it contains also performer notes in three languages: French, German and in English. The score is rich with detailed instructions for dynamics and musical expressions . Musical notes are mostly clear and readable except in few overcrouded locations a magnifying glass easily solves this problem. Bars are numbered and on top of each page the movement's title are listed which makes it easy to refer back and forth, it ALSO simplifies comparisons of different scores editions. This portable score is intended for concerts , study classes or following while listening to a CD, it's not design for performing purpose (although it isn't impossible). I follow the score while watching "Symphonie fantastique" on DVD ("European Concert From Istanbul") being as close to a live concert as one can get. While watching the DVD, this miniature score enables me to see in close up different playing techniques and performing parts that otherwise could escape one's attention.
Berlioz is considered the father of modern orchestration and master of tune coloring, which its richness is clearly manifested in this miniature score.
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