Then & Now 12/05: Lots of Brass!
Two works by Berlioz had their premieres on today’s date. In 1830, the Symphonie Fantastique had its first performance in Paris, with François-Antoine Habaneck conducting. Then in 1837, the Berlioz Requiem, was also performed in Paris, with the same conductor who Berlioz later claimed that at one point he had to jump on stage and take over when Habeneck stopped for a pinch of snuff, but some eyewitnesses denied this happened.
The Berlioz Requiem is known for its extensive use of the brass section of the orchestra. In fact there are several “brass bands” placed in various parts of the concert hall for an antiphonal effect.
And, if you love brass music the Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet has a holiday program coming up at the Mall at Sundial courtyard on Wednesday, December 12th at 5:30 pm. Shop, dine and unwind while listening to spirited renditions of Christmas classics.