“Each instrument says what it should say, the whole of what it should say, and nothing but what it should say. The artistry is so complete that it disappears. One thinks of nothing but the sublimeness of the overall expression without being aware of the means the author has used. It is a broken heart beating its last; it is outraged love that breathes its final moan; it is the roar of the sea awaiting its prey; it is all the mysterious sounds of deserted beaches, all the cruel harmonies of smiling Nature, unaware of human sorrow.”

Hector Berlioz on orchestration


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