KEEPING SCORE - BERLIOZ, H.: Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14

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Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
Keeping Score - Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique

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Keeping Score: MTT on Music is a major initiative of the San Francisco Symphony aimed at offering audiences of today a connection to classical music and the powerful emotions it conveys.

In 1827, Berlioz saw Harriet Smithson for the first time, playing Ophelia in a production of Hamlet. Hopelessly smitten, he turned his entire life upside down to meet her. Frantic months turned into years when he suddenly heard rumors about Harriet and another man. Believing himself cured, he wrote a "fantastic" symphony complete with a special theme, the idee fixe, to represent his former obsession.

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