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Hector Berlioz wrote the Symphonie fantastique at the age of 27 He based the program on his own impassioned life and transferred his memoirs into his best- known program symphony The story is about a love sick depressed young artist while in his despair poisons himself with opium His beloved is represented throughout the symphony by the symbolic idee fixe There are five movements throughout symphony The program begins with the 1st movement Reveries Passions symbolizing the artists life prior to meeting his beloved This is represented as a mundaness and indefinable searching or yearning until suddenly he meets her and his longing abruptly ceases and is replaced by volcanic love The soaring melody becomes the Idee fixe and is introduced in this section The 2nd movement A Ball This movement is representative of the gala ball where he once again sees his beloved This section is a dance movement in three-part form The Idee fixe reappears in
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