Berlioz - March to the Scaffold
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15. Berlioz - March to the Scaffold
A lovesick artist poisons himself with opium in the fourth movement of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. During the course of this musical hallucination, he dreams he has killed his beloved, and is marched to his execution. Listen carefully at the end of the movement for the loud orchestral chord signifying the guillotine's chop, and the bouncing of the artist's head, represented by low plucked notes from the strings.