Re: Berlioz Symphonie Fastastique

Bonnie Shaljean on #111351

Remember that the harps we are talking about would have been Grecians (Erard’s initial double-action model) which were smaller and less powerful. The “big-gig” harp that you tend to see in most photos of concert artistes of the time was the larger and louder Gothic, which didn’t make its appearance until five or six years after Symphonie Fantastique premiered.

Therefore they would certainly have needed a whole battalion of harps.