Who Is The Symphonie Fantastique?

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The Symphonie Fantastique is a program symphony, or multi-movement programmatic orchestral work, written by the French composer Hector Berlioz in 1830. The program symphony is a poetic art that was initially developed during the nineteenth-century Europe, called Romanticism. This Romantic Era was heavily influenced by nationalism, where composers expressed their nationalism by creating songs, dances, and other works of art. The Symphonie Fantastique is a five movement piece, which suggests a story from Berlioz’s personal life. The program symphony depicts a young artist who poisons himself with opium, but instead of killing him it drives him into a deep sleep. In his dream, he has killed his beloved Harriet Smithson and is condemned to die.

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