Symphonie fantastique: Épisode de la vie d'un artiste ... en cinq parties (Fantastical Symphony: An Episode in the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts) Op. 14, is a program symphony written by the French composer Hector Berlioz in 1830. It is an important piece of the early Romantic period. The first performance was at the Paris Conservatoire on 5 December 1830. Franz Liszt made a piano transcription of the symphony in 1833 (S. 470).
Leonard Bernstein described the symphony as the first musical expedition into psychedelia because of its hallucinatory and dream-like nature, and because history suggests Berlioz composed at least a portion of it under the influence of opium. According to Bernstein, "Berlioz tells it like it is. You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral."
In 1831, Berlioz wrote a lesser-known sequel to the work, Lélio, for actor, orchestra and chorus.
Performances & Interviews
- Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastiquehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vwgkp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vwgkp.jpg2014-05-17T20:21:00.000ZStephen Johnson considers Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01z9hdg
Berlioz: Symphonie FantastiqueStephen Johnson considers Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.
- Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastiquehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w6qkz.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w6qkz.jpg2014-03-25T16:45:00.000ZHoward Goodall and Suzy Klein discuss Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01w6qlj
Berlioz: Symphonie FantastiqueHoward Goodall and Suzy Klein discuss Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.
- Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastiquehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w64gh.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w64gh.jpg2014-03-25T10:43:00.000ZStephen Johnson considers the available recordings of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique and recommends his personal favourite.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01w64gw
Berlioz: Symphonie FantastiqueStephen Johnson considers the available recordings of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique and recommends his personal favourite.