January 15, 2020


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“A Ball” is the title of the second movement of a work by Hector Berlioz in which he portrays an episode in the life of an artist who is constantly haunted by the vision of the perfect, unattainable woman.  What is the name of the work from which this movement comes — one long, musical expression of Berlioz’s passion for an actress that he saw on stage in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”?