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Roman Carnival Overture (arr Safranek)

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Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz (arr. V.F. Safranek)

This work bears the designation Opus 9.

General Info

Year: 1838 / 1844 / 1921 / 1962
Duration: c. 9:05
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fisher
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of Print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


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 that it had to be repeated. It is still very popular.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Lake Braddock High School (Burke, Va.) Symphonic Band (Michael Luley, conductor) – 4 March 2019
  • United States Military Academy Band (West Point, N.Y.) Band (Tod Addison, conductor) – 30 April 2018
  • United States Navy Band (Washington, D.C.) (Kenneth Collins, conductor) – 6 January 2017 (George Mason University)
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) – 22 November 2015
  • North Central High School (Indianapolis, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Rick Granlund, conductor) – May 2008

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Berlioz, H.; Safranek, V. (1962). Roman Carnival Overture [score]. Carl Fisher: New York.
  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 37. Print.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 62.