With this year being the 150th anniversary of the death of Hector Berlioz, we’re looking forward to performing Villanelle from his Les Nuits d’ete with Emma Brown at the Albert Hall on 12 October.
In contrast to the sinister psychopath in the BBC’s popular drama Killing Eve, Berlioz’s Villanelle is a carefree and flirtatious character who sings of love and the joys of spring!
The scoring of Villanelle is modest by Berlioz standards. Berlioz was famed for his use of large orchestral forces (his last opera Les Troyens was so large it was never performed in his lifetime!), and his championing of unusual instruments such as the Octobass.
Click here to hear the Jaws theme played on the Octobass!!
- 10 reasons we love Berlioz https://www.classicfm.com/composers/berlioz/guides/reasons-love-berlioz/
- On this day – 09 September 1971 saw the release of John Lennon’s Imagine album.
- This week in History – In 2014 Channel 4’s game show Countdown achieved a Guinness World Record for the ‘most series broadcast for a TV game show’ when it reached its 6,000th episode. Can you solve these Countdown Conundrums? https://www.mirror.co.uk/interactives/mood-challenge-go-solving-10-13164113
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