Berlioz remains one of my favourite films, or at least one which gives me pleasure every time I watch it. More seriously, I was repeatedly reminded of what an astonishingly fresh composer Berlioz is. Mahler and Strauss are known to have studied his scores intimately, such was his absolute and totally original mastery of orchestration. And the famous textbook on the subject by Rimsky-Korsakov,who had actually studied under Berlioz, was on the bookshelves of two other great composers
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