Hector Berlioz was one of the great revolutionaries of music, and one of the first true Romantics. By including non-musical content, he also became an »inventor« of programme music, which had an enormous reach in the further course of the 19th century and beyond.
The »Symphonie fantastique«, performed for the first time in 1830, in which Berlioz brought to life »episodes in the life of an artist« with his insistent musical score, proved his creative skill. This also shines in his six-part song cycle »Les nuits d’été« with which he founded the genre of orchestral song.
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