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Roman Carnival Overture

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Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz (arr. Singleton)

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General Info

Year: 1834 / 1844 / 2000
Duration: c. 8:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Masters Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $135.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


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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

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

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  • United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.) (Lowell Graham, conductor) - 6 March 2020 (86th Annual ABA National Convention)
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Don L. Peterson, conductor) – 12 April 2019
  • Bemidji (Minn.) State University Symphonic Band (Scott Guidry, conductor) – 30 October 2016
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Peabody Wind Ensemble (Harland D. Parker, conductor) – 3 February 2016
  • Atwater (Calif.) High School Symphonic Band (Norm Caulkins, conductor) - 20 March 2015 (2015 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Dallas Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 27 January 2015

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Berlioz, H.; Singleton, K. (2001). Roman Carnival Overture [score]. Masters Music Publications: Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Hector Berlioz." Accessed 2 January 2015
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 62.