Le Corsaire (tr Schuller)
This work bears the designation Opus 21.
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After winning the Prix de Rome, Hector Berlioz traveled to Italy, during which he experienced a dangerous and stormy voyage from Marseille to Livorno. During his stay there, he learned that his fiancé had married another musician. Following a failed suicide attempt, he sketched the Corsair overture as he recuperated in Nice. Of his time in Italy, Berlioz wrote, “I followed the Corsair in his desperate adventures. I adored that inexorable yet tender nature – pitiless, yet generous – a strange combination, apparently contradictory feelings; love of woman and hatred of his kind. During the fierce summer here I used to spend whole days in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, comfortably established in a confessional, with Byron as my companion. I sat enjoying the coolness and stillness, unbroken by any sound save the splashing of the fountains outside. And there, at my leisure, I sat drinking in that burning poetry.”
He originally titled the overture The Tower of Nice, and it was premiered in Paris under Berlioz’ direction on January 9, 1845, under that name. During a visit to London in 1851-1852, he revised it and retitled it Le Corsair rouge.
- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music
- Audio CD: United States Marine Band (Timothy W. Foley, conductor) - 2011
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Works for Winds by this Composer
- Apothéose from "Grande Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale" (tr. McMahan) (1840/2014)
- Benvenut Cellini (arr. Henning) (1937)
- Overture to "Béatrice et Bénédict" (trans. Henning) (1862/1937)
- Damnation of Faust (arr. Smith) (1957)
- Dream of a Witches' Sabbath (trans. Patterson) (1830)
- Dream of a Witches' Sabbath from "Symphonie Fantastique" (arr. Rogers) (1830/1995)
- Le Corsaire (tr. Schuller) (1856/1971)
- Les Francs-juges, Opus 3 (arr. T. Knox)
- Grande Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale (1840)
- Grande Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale (ed. Dondeyne) (1840)
- Grande Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale (trans. Inkster) (1840/2015)
- Grande Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale (arr. Whitwell) (1840/1973)
- March to the Scaffold (arr. Foulds and Brown) (1830/1937)
- March to the Scaffold (tr. Leidzén) (1830/1937)
- March to the Scaffold from "Symphonie Fantastique" (tr. Patterson) (1830/2005)
- March to the Scaffold from "Symphonie Fantastique" (tr. Rogers) (1830/1995)
- Marche Hongroise (arr. Goto) (1986)
- Marche Hongroise (arr. Smith) (1820/1846/1961)
- Ouverture du Carnaval Romain (tr. Nefs) (1844/2013)
- Scaff! (arr. Wheeler) (2016)
- Suite from "Symphonie Fantastique" (arr. Story) (1830/2016)
- Symphonie Fantastique (ar. Yodo) (1830)
- Roman Carnival Overture (arr. Godfrey) (1844/1962)
- Roman Carnival Overture (arr. Singleton) (1844/2000)
- Roman Carnival Overture (arr. Safranek) (1844/1962)
- Roman Carnival Overture. See also: Ouverture du Carnaval Romain
- Royal Hunt and Storm (arr. Boyd) (1966)
- Trojan March (arr. Erickson) (1971)
- Berlioz, H; Schuller, G. . Le Corsaire: Overture for Concert Band [score]. Associated Music Publishers: New York.
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Hector Berlioz." Accessed 8 September 2015.