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This work featured many controversial and novel ideas, especially the rowdy chorus of women in the first act. Despite its endorsement from a number of prominent composers, this opera wasn’t exactly a smash success. But it seems that the praise of Berlioz had the most effect and to show his appreciation, this composer offered to fight a duel with anyone who dared to bad-mouth Berlioz’s Les Troyens.

Music Heard On This Episode

Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Sonata No. 8 in c minor "Pathetique" III. Rondo, Allegretto
Bruce Hungerford — Beethoven: Masterpieces for Solo Piano (Vanguard Classics, 2003)
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Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Sonata No. 8 in c minor "Pathetique" III. Rondo, Allegretto
Bruce Hungerford — Beethoven: Masterpieces for Solo Piano (Vanguard Classics, 2003)
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Rameau, Jean Philippe: Air de Demons, Passepieds I-II, Tambourins I-II
Kevin Mallon, Ensemble Arcadia — Castor et Pollux (Naxos, 2004)
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Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Communo
Claudio Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic — Requiem (Deutsche Grammophon, 1999)
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Bernstein, Leonard: Jet Song, Tonight
Carol Lawrence, Larry Kert, Chita Rivera — West Side Story- Original Broadway Cast (Sony, 1998)
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Strauss, Richard: Finale
Giuseppi Sinopoli, Dresden Staastskapelle — Friedenstag (Deutsche Gramophone, 2002)
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King, Karl, Lankey, F.I.: Indiana, Our Indiana, MSU Fight Song
Revelli, University of Michigan Band — 41 Great College Victory Songs (Vanguard Records, 1996)
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Piazzolla, Astor: Street Tango, Knife Fight
Rudolf Werthen, Flanders Fiamminghi Orchestra — Tango: The Elegy for Those Who Are No Longer (Telarc, 2001)
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Williams, John: Theme from Jurassic Park
John Williams, Boston Pops Orchestra — John Williams - Greatest Hits 1969 - 1999 (Sony, 1999)
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Stravinsky, Igor: The Flood
Oliver Knussen, London Sinfonietta — Flood/Variations (Polygram Records, 1995)
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Mahler, Gustav: I. Adagio
Simon Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic — Mahler: Symphony No. 10 (EMI Classics, 2000)
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Bizet, Georges: Overture and Habañera
Gustave Cloez, Chorus and Orchestra de l'Opera Comique — Carmen (EPM/ADES, 1930)
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Delage, Maurice: Quatre Poèmes Hindous I. Madras, III. Bénarès, IV. Jeypur
Anne Sophie von Otter — La Bonne Chanson (Deutsche Gramophone, 1996)
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Smith, Arthur: Dueling Banjos
Eric Weissberg — Deuling Banjos from the Original Sountrack: Deliverance (Warner Brothers, 1990)
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