Roman Carnival Overture (arr Godrey)
Hector Berlioz (arr. Godfrey)
This work bears the designation Opus 9.
Year: 1844 / 1902
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Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Masters Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.
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This overture is based on themes taken from Berlioz's unsuccessful opera Benvenuto Cellini (1838). The opening salterello (fast Italian dance) from act two and Cellini's andante love theme from act one are two of the prominently featured melodies. The overture was premiered in Paris in 1844, with Berlioz conducting, and so pleased the crowd it had to be repeated. It is still very popular.
- Program Note from Program Notes for Band
The overture is a stand-alone concert piece for symphony orchestra but is made up of material and themes from Berlioz's first opera, the technically challenging and rarely performed Benvenuto Cellini. The opera on which this overture is based was born of inspiration garnered from two years of study in Italy. This sojourn was a result of Berlioz's winning the prestigious Prix de Rome, a French scholarship for students of the arts, including categories in painting, sculpture, architecture, engraving, and musical composition. The prize included a five-year stipend and required the winner to spend two years studying in Italy. It is our good fortune that Berlioz took the lovely melodies of the opera and made a condensed version of sorts in the Le carnival romain, else some very lovely melodies might be lost to obscurity.
- Program Note by Matthew Cohen for Open Call
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- United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 31 October 2018 (Pickerington, Ohio)
- Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (John T. Madden, conductor) – 2 February 2016
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.; White, M.; Godfrey, D. (1902). Le Carnaval Romain : Overture = The Roman Carnival [score]. Chappell and Co.: London.
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Hector Berlioz." Accessed 2 January 2015.
- Open Call, KCET Accessed 24 January 2016
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 62.