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5 - Second Movement

‘Un bal’

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 November 2023

Julian Rushton
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University of Leeds
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Symphonies that Berlioz would have known, including Beethoven’s and those of his predecessors, usually included a dance movement (the Minuet and Trio) or, especially with Beethoven, the faster movement known as ‘Scherzo’, usually placed third after a slow movement. Having decided to put the slow movement third, Berlioz replaces the Minuet or Scherzo with a waltz. He evokes the glitter of a ballroom by introducing harps to the orchestra. The idée fixe suggests that the beloved woman is there; it is transformed to fit the waltz rhythm, acting as a contrasting section and reappearing near the end. Berlioz added a brilliant coda when rewriting the whole movement from scratch during his stay in Italy (1831–2).

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  • Second Movement
  • Julian Rushton, University of Leeds
  • Book: Berlioz: <i>Symphonie Fantastique</i>
  • Online publication: 30 November 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009075138.006
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  • Second Movement
  • Julian Rushton, University of Leeds
  • Book: Berlioz: <i>Symphonie Fantastique</i>
  • Online publication: 30 November 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009075138.006
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  • Second Movement
  • Julian Rushton, University of Leeds
  • Book: Berlioz: <i>Symphonie Fantastique</i>
  • Online publication: 30 November 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009075138.006
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