Hector Berlioz (18031869)

Symphonie fantastique op. 14

Faksimile der autographen Partitur in der Bibliothèque nationale de France
Documenta musicologica II/53 / Bärenreiter Facsimile

for: Symphonic orchestra

Score (facsimile hardcover)

Item no.677528
Author/ComposerHector Berlioz
EditorHugh MacDonald
Scope310 pages; 32 × 49 cm
Release year2018
Producer No.BVK 1601
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Love and insanity, tenderness and vulgarity bordering on the grotesque: Hector Berlioz never avoided extremes, neither in his life nor in his oeuvre. His entire Symphonie fantastique is pervaded by a musical “idée fixe” representing a woman he adored. The symphony brought about his breakthrough and has remained popular ever since.

The impact of his masterly approach to composition, especially in the treatment of the orchestration, could still be felt in the 20th century. Berlioz revised the work for years before it finally reached its definitive version.

He entered many of these changes in the autograph score, which was also used for performances, by pasting strips of paper over the bars or parts in question. This facsimile edition, in high-quality four-colour reproduction, presents the manuscript as it is today – with strips of paper that can be folded out, making both versions visible.

Hugh Macdonald, General Editor of the New Berlioz Edition, explains the work’s genesis and presents particular passages from each movement.


  • ​Facsimile: Symphonie fantastique op. 14:
  • ​I. Rêvieres - Passions
  • ​II. Un Bal
  • ​III. Scène aux Champs
  • ​IV. Marche au Supplice
  • ​V. Songe d'une Nuit du Sabbat
  • ​Commentary:
  • ​Composition
  • ​Performance
  • ​The Autograph Manuscript
  • ​Notes
  • ​Commentaire:
  • ​Composition
  • ​Exécution
  • ​Le manuscrit autographe
  • ​Notes
  • ​Kommentar:
  • ​Komposition
  • ​Aufführung
  • ​Das Autograph
  • ​Anmerkungen