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Roman Carnival Overture (arr Godrey)

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Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz (arr. Godfrey)


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This work bears the designation Opus 9.


General Info

Year: 1844 / 1902
Duration:
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Masters Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Instrumentation

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Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

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


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Maryland: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


Performances

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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


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