Give a Nod to Your Favorite Musical Narrative

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This week's Showdown offered three works that typify the 19th century Romantic interest in program music, in which composers attempted to evoke a specific narrative or idea through music. 

For most of the morning it was Mussorgsky’s famous 1874 promenade through a gallery of paintings by his friend Viktor Hartmann that led the race, if only slightly. But, ultimately, the piece of program music that perked a few more ears was Berlioz’s 1830 masterpiece portraying episodes in the life of a lovesick and self-destructive artist.

We played the winner at noon.