Hector Berlioz [1803 -1869] : Dream Of A Witches’ Sabbath [reblog]

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Ο Hector Berlioz υπήρξε ένας από τους πιο καινοτόμους [αυτό δεν σημαίνει αναγκαστικά και πιο ταλαντούχους] μουσικούς όλων των εποχών. Απόδειξη μεταξύ άλλων, αποτελεί το φινάλε της Φανταστικής Συμφωνίας του, “Songe d’une nuit du sabbat” (Dream of a witches’ Sabbath) :
Ο [αυτοβιογραφικός] ήρωας του έργου “δηλητηριασμένος με όπιο” μεταφέρεται στο όνειρό του σε μια σατανική τελετή.
Είναι δύσκολο να αναλογιστεί κανείς την εντύπωση που προκάλεσε η Φανταστική Συμφωνία του Berlioz τη στιγμή της πρεμιέρας της [Δεκέμβριος 1830]

Hector Berlioz was one of the most innovative [this does not necessarily mean most talented] musicians of all time. A testament to this, among others is the finale of his Fantastic Symphony, “Songe d’une nuit du sabbat” (Dream of a witches’ Sabbath) :
The [autobiographical] hero of the play “poisoned with opium” is transported in his dream to a satanic ceremony.
It is difficult to imagine the impression aroused by Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique at the time of its premiere [December 1830]


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