Here’s something I’ve been wanting in our library for a long, long time.
Presenting the second movement from Berlioz’ famous Symphonie Fantastique, “The Ball” arranged for viola quartet.
The whole Symphony is a fantasy about “an Artist” (most likely himself) seen in various extraordinary scenarios, being in pursuit of his great love – in reality a British actress, Harriet Smithson, who Berlioz had seen performing Shakespeare in Paris, and had been immediately smitten by her.
The stature of the work is truly amazing, and it remains one of the best loved pieces of symphonic repertoire to this day. 6 mins. M/A