Roman Carnival Overture (arr Godrey)

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Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz (arr. Dan Godfrey)

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This work bears the designation Opus 9.

General Info

Year: 1838 / 1844 / 1902
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Masters Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo/Flute
E-flat Piccolo/Flute
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Ripiano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Cornet I-II
E-flat Trumpet
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


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


State Ratings

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


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