Editor’s Note: Hector Berlioz composed Le carnaval romain, ouverture pour orchestre (Roman Carnival Overture), Op. 9, in in 1844. Intended to be performed as an independent piece, it employs themes from Berlioz’ opera Benvenuto Cellini: The beautiful melody on cor anglais in the slow introduction comes from the Act I duet between Teresa and Cellini, and the rousing central section uses music from the opera’s carnival scene later in Act I. The Roman Carnival Overture, which was a huge success for the composer, is scored for large orchestra and is in the key of A major.

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Published: Feb 13, 2018
Hector Berlioz
Louis-Hector Berlioz (1803–1869) was a French Romantic composer, who wrote such masterpieces as the Symphonie fantastique, Roméo et Juliette, Grande messe des morts (Requiem), the oratorios La damnation de Faust and L'Enfance du Christ, and the operas Les Troyens and Benvenuto Cellini. Berlioz, who specified huge orchestral forces for some of his works, also made significant contributions to the modern orchestra with his Treatise on Instrumentation. His influence was critical for the further development of Romanticism, especially in the music of composers such as Richard Wagner, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Richard Strauss, and Gustav Mahler.
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  1. The Roman Carnival, Goethe, the german poet, points out, is not a festival given for the people, but one the people give themselves…

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