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Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) – Symphonie fantastique (1830) – DRSO – Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) – Symphonie fantastique (1830) – DRSymfoniOrkestret – Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos – DOWNLOAD HISTORIEN: Link nederst!
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The symphony is in 5 movements:
The score calls for a total of over 90 instrumentalists, the most of any symphony written to that time. 
Specificially: 2 flutes (one doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (one doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets (one doubling E? clarinet), 4 bassoons 4 horns, 2 cornets, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 2 tubas/ophicleides 2 pairs of timpani, cymbals, suspended cymbal, tenor drum, bass drum, bells (sounding C and G) 4 harps, Strings (Berlioz specified at least 15 1st violins, 15 2nd violins, 10 violas, 11 celli and 9 basses on the score) Source:Wikipedia)
The movements: 
Rêveries — Passions (Daydreams — Passions) 
Un bal (A ball) 
Scène aux champs (Scene in the Country) 
Marche au supplice (March to the Scaffold) 
Songe d’une nuit de sabbat (Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath)
Read Berlioz story.

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“Berlioz” redirects here. For other uses, see Berlioz (disambiguation).

Crop of a carte de visite photo of Hector Berlioz by Franck, Paris, c. 1855

Hector Berlioz[1] (French: [ɛktɔʁ bɛʁljoːz]; 11 December 1803 – 8 March 1869) was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts (Requiem). Berlioz made significant contributions to the modern orchestra with his Treatise on Instrumentation. He specified huge orchestral forces for some of his works, and conducted several concerts with more than 1,000 musicians.[2] He also composed around 50 songs. His influence was critical for the further development of Romanticism, especially in composers like Richard WagnerNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovFranz LisztRichard StraussGustav Mahler and many others.[3]

Symphony Fantastique: Épisode de la vie d’un Artiste … en cinq parties (Fantastic Symphony: An Episode in the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts) Op. 14 is aprogram symphony written by the French composer Hector Berlioz in 1830. It is an important piece of the early Romantic period, and is popular with concert audiences worldwide. The first performance was at the Paris Conservatoire in December 1830. The work was repeatedly revived between 1831 and 1845 and subsequently became a favourite in Paris.

The symphony is a piece of program music that tells the story of “an artist gifted with a lively imagination” who has “poisoned himself with opium” in the “depths of despair” because of “hopeless love.” Berlioz provided his own program notes for each movement of the work (see below). He prefaces his notes with the following instructions:[1]

The composer’s intention has been to develop various episodes in the life of an artist, in so far as they lend themselves to musical treatment. As the work cannot rely on the assistance of speech, the plan of the instrumental drama needs to be set out in advance. The following programme must therefore be considered as the spoken text of an opera, which serves to introduce musical movements and to motivate their character and expression.

Fabulous Compositions/Composers: Paul Dukas – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Moscow City Symphony “Russian Philharmonic”
Conductor — Michail Jurowski
Moscow International House of Music, Svetlanov Hall
June 20, 2012
P.Dukas. The Sorcerer‘s Apprentice

Симфонический оркестр Москвы «Русская филармония»
Дирижер — Михаил Юровский
Московский Международный Дом Музыки, Светлановский зал
П.Дюка. «Ученик чародея»

The Fall and Rise of Joe Firstman

The Fall and Rise of Joe Firstman.

Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly


Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly.

Happy Thanksgiving!/Arlo Guthrie/Alice’s Restaurant *

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

This one was really fun to put together with clips from the movie & Arlo performing “Alice” in the same Church 40 years later. 
“You can get anything you want at…. http://www.risingsonrecords.com.”

Sergei Rachmaninov – Scherzo in D minor

Title of Composition: Scherzo in D minor
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor: Valery Polyansky
Orchestra: Russian State Symphony Orchestra

If you are interested in buying the CD, you can find it on either Amazon:

or Arkivmusic:




The Schubert Ensemble of London:
William Howard : Piano .
Simon Blendis : Violin.
Douglas Paterson : Viola.
Jane Salmon : Cello.
Recording 1998, St,George”s Brandon Hill, Bristol.

Memorable Performances :John Williams : Hector Villa-Lobos – Prelude no.5

John Williams : Hector Villa-Lobos – Prelude no.5

Nocturne #4 in F Major, Op. 15, No. 1 Fryderyk Chopin Sandor Falvay, piano

Nocturne #4 in F Major, Op. 15, No. 1
Fryderyk Chopin
Sandor Falvay, piano


Quotation: W. Somerset Maugham

I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul’s good to do each day two things they disliked: it was a wise man, and it is a precept that I have followed scrupulously; for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: BRUCE LEE (1940)/Top 10 Bruce Lee Moments

Bruce Lee (1940)

A cultural icon, Lee was one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century. Lee, whose father was a leading actor, appeared in Hong Kong films as a child and went on to star in action movies that sparked the first major surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West. He constantly trained to improve his physique but was also a philosopher. He collapsed while working on his final film, the cult hit Enter the Dragon, and died a short time later. What caused his death? More…Discuss


The Great Storm of 1703: First Eddystone Lighthouse Is Destroyed (1703)

For five years, the Eddystone Lighthouse guided mariners safely past the treacherous Eddystone Rocks off the southwestern coast of the UK. Then, a catastrophic hurricane struck. The Great Storm claimed hundreds of ships, thousands of lives, and the Eddystone Lighthouse—along with its builder, Henry Winstanley, who was inside at the time. Fire destroyed the second lighthouse on the site, and erosion led to the dismantling of the third. How did operators mark the 100th anniversary of the fourth? More…Discuss



Amsterdam Paying Alcoholics in Beer to Clean Streets

An unorthodox program in Amsterdam that employs alcoholics to clean the streets and pays them in cash, tobacco, and beer is raising a few eyebrows. The program was developed because alcoholics in Amsterdam’s Oosterparkwere becoming a regular nuisance—getting into fights, being noisy, making lewd comments to passing women—and it was thought that street cleaning would keep them occupied and out of trouble. Still, the practice of enticingaddicts to work with promises of the very substance to which they are addicted does not sit well with some. More… Discuss


Hierarchy of digital distractions

Hierarchy of digital distractions (Photo credit: Emilie Ogez)



Pecking Order


A pecking order is a basic pattern of social organization within a flock of poultry in which dominance is established by aggression—members maintain their status by pecking those lower in rank without fear of retaliation and by submitting to pecks from those of higher rank. Nowadays, the term is used somewhat colloquially to describe social hierarchies among other creatures, including humans, and has even been applied to the finance industry. Who coined the term? More… Discuss