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Idée fixe (Fr.: ‘obsession’)locked

  • Hugh Macdonald


A term coined by Berlioz to denote a musical idea used obsessively. When in 1830 he applied it to the principal theme of his Symphonie fantastique, it was a new term in the French language. At about the same time Balzac used it in Gobseck...

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