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       Minuet for Hand Bells (Gomersall) featuring Bells

1    Minuet for Hand Bells

       Mysteria - Tone Picture for Orchestra. (Gomersall) featuring Bells

1    Mysterious introductory theme.

2    Cor Anglais (English Horn) main theme - simple scale passage

       Symphonie Fantastique Op 14 1st movement Rêverie, Passions (Berlioz) featuring Bells

1    Symphonie Fantastique Op 14 1st Movt. Rêverie, Passions

2    This is the second theme of the introduction to the 1st movement, a tune on the french horns, as the tempo and passion heat up a bit.

3    This is the famous idée fixe, or fixed idea, (perhaps an appropriate modern word would be obsession?). It starts on the violins, at a feverish tempo..

       Symphonie Fantastique Op 14 2nd movement - A Ball (Berlioz) featuring Bells

1    Accompanied by quivering violin chords, this sombre cello tune opens the 2nd movement, with a flourish from the harp..

2    This waltz is the principal theme of this ball movement, played on the first violins.

3    Theme 2 is Berlioz's idée fixe from the 1st movt, in a modified rhythm and played by the oboes and flutes.

       Symphonie Fantastique Op 14 3rd movement Scène aux champs (Berlioz) featuring Bells

1    Scène aux champs. Shepherd's calls, on cor anglais, then oboe.

2    After the introductory "ranz des vaches", this peaceful simple tune on the violins establishes the feeling of contentment in the countryside.

3    This second theme, also on the violins, continues the tranquil mood, possibly with a hint of disturbing thoughts emerging.

       Symphonie Fantastique Op 14 4th movement - March to the Scaffold (Berlioz) featuring Bells

1    Theme 1 is a sombre plodding march, a descending scale by the cellos and double basses.

2    Theme 2 is a triumphant march played by blazing brass and woodwind sections.

       Symphonie Fantastique Op 14 5th movement Witches' Sabath (Berlioz) featuring Bells

1    This is the witches' dance, a frenzied tune played by the clarinets.(I've omitted the grace notes and trills from the first 10 notes in the theme dictionary)

2    The bell tolls, then the ancient plainsong melody Dies Irae (Day of Wrath, from funeral service) is heard on the Ophleicide (here scored for 3rd trombone)

3    3rd theme

       Upon Paul's Steeple featuring Bells

1    Upon Paul's Steeple

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