Symphonie Fantastique: Movement 4

Symphonie Fantastique: Fourth Movement – “March to the Scaffold”

Listen for:

  • Which instruments (or which instrument family) are used significantly at the beginning of the movement?
  • What kind of motion (i.e. walking slowly or reluctantly, excited running, etc) is suggested by the tempo at the beginning? What is the tempo? (Hint: use the Vocabulary handout). Define the meaning of the word, “scaffold” and its use in the title of the movement? Then, consider if the tempo appropriately conveys the mood and emotions of such a title.
  • This movement concludes with a sudden loud blast. What images come to mind? Which instruments (or instrument family) crescendo (see the Vocabulary handout) in the conclusion?
  • What is the overall tone color (see the Vocabulary handout) of the movement? Does it sound bright and celebratory, or dark and foreboding?
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