Symphonie Fantastique - 2. Un Bal

By: Hector Berlioz
For: String quartet
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Composer
Hector Berlioz
Year of composition
1830
Arranger
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
4 minutes
Genre
Classical music
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Berlioz composed this work in 1830 and conducted the first performance in Paris on December 5 of that same year. He revised it in 1832 and added two cornets to the instrumentation in 1845.

Berlioz the composer was a full-blown Romantic, whose infatuation-at-first-sight with a pretty British ing?nue named Harriet Smithson influenced his Fantastic Symphony. Miss Smithson came to Paris to play Shakespeare, Berlioz's hero (along with Virgil, Goethe, Gluck, Beethoven, Lord Byron, and Victor Hugo). Harriet was "The Beloved" of his programme fantastique. "A young musician of morbid sensibility…in a paroxysm of lovesick despair" attempts suicide, but takes only enough laudanum to induce hallucinations, in which his Beloved appears as a recurring melody with several personalities, finally as a bacchante at a satanic ritual. Despite the lurid scenario, Berlioz's five-movement structure owes more to Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony than anyone seems to have noticed at the time, or, for that matter, since. Where Beethoven whipped up a storm, Berlioz created a mob scene that concludes with the protagonist's death: his decapitated head bounces into a waiting basket pizzicato. In the finale, Berlioz went far beyond Beethoven's merrymaking peasants; he created a witches' sabbath, without precedent in music before 1830. Along with liberating orchestral color, he overthrew the tyranny of bar-lines, downbeat accents, and academic dogma.

"A Ball" (Allegro non troppo, A major) is the waltz without a trio, although a contrasting section in the original piece in F major has unison flute and oboe playing the Beloved's theme.

This arrangement has references to the id?e fixe removed to make it a "stand alone" piece. It comes with an optional bass part for use with string orchestra.

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L'Inverno ("Winter") - 3. Allegro, La Marseillaise, La Primavera ("Spring") - 1. Allegro, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 1. Overture, Jingle Bells, Joy To The World, Key-Stone Rag, Largo al factotum, from "The Barber of Seville", Orchestral Suite No.3 - 2. Air, Le Coucou, Little Jesus, Sweetly Sleep, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 3. Gavotte I and II, Lohengrin - The Bridal Chorus, Lohengrin - The Bridal Chorus, Lullaby, Pavane, Op.50, Lullay My Liking, Maple Leaf Rag, King Cotton, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 5. Gigue, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 1. Allegro, Piano Sonata No.14 "Moonlight" - 2. Allegretto, Minute Waltz, Op.64 No.1, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 3. Allegro, Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade, Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix, from "Samson et Dalila", L'Estate ("Summer") - 1. Allegro non molto, Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven, Preludes, Book 1 No.8 - The Girl With The Flaxen Hair, Radetzky March, Op.228, O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis), O come, O come, Emmanuel, L'Estate ("Summer") - 2. Adagio, Presto, Rosamunde - Ballet Music No.2, L'Estate ("Summer") - 3. Presto, Rosamunde - Ballet Music No.2, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 1. Allegro non molto, The Washington Post March, Trio No.1, O Little Town Of Bethlehem (2), Roses From The South, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 2. Largo, Semper Fidelis, O soave fanciulla, from "La boheme", Ode To Joy, Once in Royal David's City, Symphony No.29 - 3. Menuetto, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 2. Rondeau, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 3. Adagio, Trio No.2, Sextet: Chi mi frena, from "Lucia di Lammermoor", Trio No.3, Si. Mi chiamano Mimi, from "La boheme", Orchestral Suite No.2 - 6. Menuet, Siegfried Idyll, Silent Night, Sleepy Sidney, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 1. Grave - Allegro, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 2. Adagio cantabile, Sonata in A, KV 331 - 1. Andante grazioso (Theme and variations), Sonata in A, KV 331 - 2. Menuetto and Trio, Sonata in A, KV 331 - 3. Rondo "alla Turca", Song to the Moon, from "Rusalka", Song Without Words No.30 - Spring Song Op.62 No.6, Song Without Words No.45 - Scherzo Op.102 No.3, St. Paul's Suite - 4. Finale (The Dargason), String Serenade - 2. Waltz, String Sonata No.1 - 2. Andante, Trombone Johnsen, Trumpet Tune, Tales From The Vienna Woods, The Amazon Rag, The Blue Danube Waltzes, The Blue Danube Waltzes, The Cannon Ball Rag, The Carnival of the Animals - The Swan, Un bel di vedremo, from "Madama Butterfly", Unto Us A Child Is Born, The First Noel, Symphony No.25 - 4. Allegro, Vissa d'arte, from "Tosca", The Gladiator March, The High School Cadets, La Damnation de Faust - Rakoczy March, The Liberty Bell March, The Manhattan Beach March, Water Music Suite No.1 in F, The Marriage of Figaro - Overture, The Stars And Stripes Forever, Symphony No.29 - 4. Allegro con spirito, Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op.42 - No.3 Melodie, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 2. Affettuoso, Morning Has Broken, Of The Father's Love Begotten, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.11 Furchtenmachen (Frightening), Birthday Minuet, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, Gradual, Habanera from "Carmen", Song Without Words No.27 "Funeral March" Op.62 No.3, Who Let The Cows Out?, In Dulci Jubilo, Thais - Meditation, Espana - 2. Tango, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.7 Traumerei (Dreaming), Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 6. Theme and variations, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, Who Let The Cows Out? - For Sax Quartet (AATB), A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 "The Wedding March", Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, Water Music Suite No.2 in D, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 "The Wedding March", William Tell - Overture, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Nocturne, Wine, Women and Song, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 4. Bourree, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Jerusalem (And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time), It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, I Saw Three Ships, I Got The Blues, Humoresque, Op.101 No.7, Holberg Suite - 5. Rigaudon, Holberg Suite - 4. Air, Holberg Suite - 2. Sarabande, Holberg Suite - 1. Prelude, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Hands Across The Sea, Good King Wenceslas, God Save The Queen, El Capitan, Duet: Sous le dome epais, from "Lakme", Die Fledermaus (The Bat) - Overture, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 3. Allegro, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 1. Vivace, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 3, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 1, Christians, Awake!, Chanson Triste, Op.40 No.2, Chanson de Matin, Capriol Suite, Canon in D, Brook Green Suite - 3. Dance, Brook Green Suite - 2. Air, Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 3. Allegro, Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 2. Adagio ma non tanto, Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 1. Allegro, Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 2. Adagio - Allegro, Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 3. Allegro assai, Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 2. Andante, Bethena - A Concert Waltz, Babes in Toyland - March of the Toys, Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6, Au fond du temple saint, from "The Pearl Fishers", Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", Angels We Have Heard On High, Angels From The Realms of Glory, Advance Australia Fair, A Thousand And One Nights, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Scherzo, A Cyclone in Darktown, 16 Songs for Children, Op.54 No.6 Legend ("When Jesus Christ Was Yet A Child"), Solomon - Act III, Sinfonia "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba", Symphony No.40 - 2. Andante, Symphony No.40 - 3. Menuetto, Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.8 and 1812 Overture

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