BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture (Le carnaval romain)

The French composer Hector Berlioz wrote a number of overtures, many of which have become popular concert items. They include overtures intended to introduce operas as well as independent concert overtures. WIKIPEDIA Le carnaval romain, ouverture pour orchestre (Roman Carnival Overture), Op. 9. Composed in 1844 and first performed at the Salle Herz, Paris, on 3 February 1844. A stand-alone overture intended for concert performance, made up of material and themes from Berlioz's opera Benvenuto Cellini, including some music from the opera's carnival scene – hence the overture's title. It is scored for large orchestra, is in the key of A major, and features a prominent and famous solo for the cor anglais.

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 VIDEO:The YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 performs Roman Carnival Overture, Op.9 by Hector Berlioz at the Grand Finale concert.


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