Introduction 

    This section is intended to provide the texts and libretti of Berlioz’s vocal music, including his operas, masses, songs and other works accompanied with voices. All texts are given only in the original language (mostly French, except for sacred works in Latin).

    For a full listing of all Berlioz’s musical works see Berlioz: A Listing of his Musical Works. You will also find details of major recordings of most of the works listed here in our Berlioz Discography pages.

    This page is also available in French.

Acknowledgement

    We would like to express our deep gratitude to Mr Pepijn van Doesburg, without whose help this section would not have been possible; he provided us with almost all of Berlioz libretti and texts, and suggested the creation of this section.

    We are most grateful to our friend Gene Halaburt for kindly providing us with the text of the Invitation à louer Dieu and Edouard Bouscatel’s 1860 French translation of the text of Erlkönig (Le Roi des Aulnes) which was used by Berlioz for his orchestral version. Our thanks also go to Alexei Zubkov for his contribution to the page on Les Francs-Juges, and to M. Martial Boens for his new French translation of Erlkönig (Le Roi des Aulnes).

    Copyright notice: The texts, photos, images and musical scores on all pages of this site are covered by UK Law and International Law. All rights of publication or reproduction of this material in any form, including Web page use, are reserved. Their use without our explicit permission is illegal.

Note: The numbers in brackets refer to the numbers in D Kern Holoman’s Catalogue of the Works of Hector Berlioz (Bärenreiter, 1987).

Masses and other sacred  works

Messe Solennelle [H20]
Grande Messe des morts (Requiem) [H75]
Te Deum [H118]
L’Enfance du Christ [H130]

Operas

Benvenuto Cellini – Paris 1 version [H76]
Benvenuto Cellini – Weimar version [H76]
Les Troyens [H133]
Béatrice et Bénédict [H138]
Le Freyschütz (Weber, recitatives by Berlioz) [H89]

Unfinished operas

Les Francs-Juges [H23]
(fragments)
La Nonne sanglante [H91]
(fragments)

Orchestral works with vocal accompaniment

Lélio ou le retour à la vie [H55]
Huit Scènes de Faust [H33]
La Damnation de Faust [H111]
Roméo et Juliette [H79]

Prix de Rome cantatas

La Mort d’Orphée [H25]
Herminie [H29]
Cléopâtre [H36]
Sardanapale [H50] (surviving fragments)

Les Nuits d’été

Villanelle [H82]
Le Spectre de la rose [H83]
Sur les lagunes [H84]
Absence [H85]
Au cimetière [H86]
L’Île inconnue [H87]

Neuf mélodies – Irlande

Le Coucher du soleil [H39]
Hélène [H40]
Chant guerrier [H41]
La Belle voyageuse [H42]
Chanson à boire [H43]
Chant sacré [H44]
L’Origine de la harpe [H45]
Adieu, Bessy! [H46]
Élégie (en prose) [H47]

Fleurs des landes [124] 

(comprising Le Matin, Petit oiseau, Le Trébuchet,
Le Jeune pâtre breton and Le Chant des Bretons, as listed above)

Tristia [H110]

(comprising Méditation religieuse, La Mort d’Ophélie, as listed above, and
Marche Funèbre pour la dernière scène d’Hamlet – with wordless chorus)

Other vocal works

Le Dépit de la bergère [H7]
Romance de l’opéra des Blaïse et Babet [H8] 
Faut l’oublier [H8] 
Romance de L’Opéra Comique [H8] 
Le Maure jaloux [H9]
Amitié, reprends ton empire [H10]
Pleure, pauvre Colette [H11]
Canon libre à la quinte [H14]
Le Montagnard exilé [H15]
Toi qui l’aimas, verse des pleurs [H16]
Resurrexit [H20B]
Scène héroïque (La révolution grecque) [H21]
Nocturne à deux voix [H31]

Le Ballet des ombres [H37]
Méditation religieuse [H56]
Quartetto e coro dei maggi [H59]
La Captive [H60]
Le Jeune pâtre breton [H65]
Les Champs [H67]
Sara la baigneuse [H69]
Je crois en vous [H70]
Le Chant des Bretons [H71]
Chansonnette de Mr Léon de Wailly [H73]

Le Cinq mai [H74]
Aubade [H78]
L’Apothéose (Symphonie funèbre et triomphale) [H80]
La Mort d’Ophélie [H92]
La Belle Isabeau [H94]
Hymne à la France [H97]
Le Chasseur danois [H104]
Zaïde [H107]
Chant des chemins de fer [H110]
Prière du matin [H112]

Le Trébuchet [H113]
Nessun maggior piacere [H114]
La Menace des Francs [H117]
Le Matin [H125]
Petit oiseau [H126]
L’Impériale [H129]
Hymne pour la consécration du nouveau tabernacle [H135]
Le Temple universel [H137]
Veni Creator [H141]
Tantum ergo [H142]    

Vox Populi [H120]

(comprising Hymne à la France and La Menace des Francs, as listed above)

Feuillets d’album [H121]

(comprising Zaïde, Les Champs and Chant des Chemins de Fer, as listed above)

Arrangements

Hymne des Marseillais [H51]
Chant du neuf Thermidor [H51bis]
Pater noster [H123]
Chant des chérubins (Adoremus) [H122]
Le Roi des Aulnes (Erlkönig) [H136] (including a new French translation)
Invitation à louer Dieu [H143]

The Hector Berlioz Website was created by Monir Tayeb and Michel Austin on 18 July 1997; The Berlioz Libretti pages created on 13 April 2003.

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