Journal E - Music 120 Autumn 2009 Week 7 Sections Journal E...

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Music 120 Autumn 2009 Week 7 Sections Journal E Imagery in Music: the  Programmatic  Side The  Symphonie fantastique  of Hector Berlioz (1830) is a piece of  program music —instrumental music associated with a story, image, poem, or scene. On the other  hand, Schubert’s  Erlk nig  and “Gretchen am Spinnrade” both incorporate actual  texts or poems, and are therefore not specifically  program music . However,  Schubert uses text or word painting to evoke the texts through music, creating  imagery in and telling the story through music in ways similar to Berlioz. Both  approaches represent one aesthetic “camp” in 19 th  century music: music should be  associated with a story, text, image, etc, or in other words, music should be  programmatic . The other “camp” in 19 th  century believed that music should not be  associated with any particular story, poem, scene, or image. Instead, the highest 
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