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Music 120 Thought Q Hector Berlioz, through his Symphonie fantastique’s fourth movement, seeks to engage the audience in a moment by moment experience of a nightmare. Through his music, he conveys a progression of images and emotions to be absorbed by the listener and played back in their own imaginations. This intriguing approach to the telling of a story, with no words but only vivid sound, is a powerful method of expression for the composer. Berlioz’s music, while well played and thought out, doesn’t entirely line up with a portrayal of the situation explained in his program, in my opinion. Without pictures or words to go along with the music, there is a heavy reliance on the listener’s imagination to pull the imagery from the music. Although the dramatic nature of this piece fits well with his program in general, I can’t say that it lines up with my own imagining of the situation. If I were picturing a
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