Hector Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique - Fifth movement: “Songe d’une nuit de sabbat” (Dreams of a Witches’ Sabbath)
From Berlioz’s program notes:
He sees himself at a witches’ sabbath, in the midst of a hideous gathering of shades, sorcerers and monsters of every kind who have come together for his funeral. Strange sounds, groans, outbursts of laughter; distant shouts which seem to be answered by more shouts. The beloved melody appears once more, but has now lost its noble and shy character; it is now no more than a vulgar dance tune, trivial and grotesque: it is she who is coming to the sabbath… Roar of delight at her arrival… She joins the diabolical orgy… The funeral knell tolls, burlesque parody of the Dies irae, the dance of the witches. The dance of the witches combined with the Dies irae.
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.”
Tokyo NHK Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Pinchas Steinberg
Rodgers’ biographer William G Hyland states:
“That Richard Rodgers would recall, at the very beginning of his memoirs, his great-grandmother’s death and its religious significance for his family suggests his need to justify his own religious alienation. Richard became an atheist, and as a parent he resisted religious instruction for his children. According to his wife, Dorothy, he felt that religion was based on “fear” and contributed to “feelings of guilt.”
When asked if he believed in god by his daughter, he responded that he believed in people.
-Richard Rogers (composer for more than 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals. He also composed music for films and television, songwriter, playwright best known for co-writing musicals The Sound of Music, The King and I, and Oklahoma!)
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