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Berlioz's Third Century

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Introduction
Composers covered
Scores available
Contact address

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Introduction

    This page is intended to serve as a companion page to the collection Berlioz Music Scores and its associated texts. It presents a selection of orchestral and instrumental scores of a number of composers who were either predecessors of Berlioz (such as Gluck, Beethoven, and Weber), or contemporaries (such as Halévy or Meyerbeer), or indeed both at once (such as Spontini, whose major works were mostly written earlier but who lived on well into Berlioz’s lifetime). In most cases the common starting point is the citation of a score, or part of it, of composers such as these in Berlioz’s Treatise on Instrumentation and Orchestration of 1844 (2nd edition 1855), of which substantial excerpts are reproduced elsewhere on this site. A list of the scores cited by Berlioz, arranged alphabetically by composers, is also provided here for convenience.

    This page provides an almost complete collection of the purely orchestral scores cited in Berlioz’s Treatise; the citations in the Treatise are usually only of excerpts, but wherever possible the complete piece or movement is given. The scores are notated using the musical notation programme Sibelius (version I.4 till April 2004, version 3 for new scores created from May 2004 onwards); they may be viewed online and played back using a computer sound card or sound module, and the Scorch plug-in available as a free download from the Sibelius site. It is always advisable to use the latest version of Scorch, which is in any case required for scores created with Sibelius version 3. For further information on Sibelius and on the various limitations that are to be expected in the reproduction of musical sounds, consult the page Berlioz Music Scores (all vocal music is unfortunately excluded by definition, since present technology can only simulate musical instruments, but not voices with words). All scores may be viewed online in two different formats, one smaller and the other larger.

    The page also comprises a selection of other orchestral scores of these composers, not cited in the Treatise, in so far as they may illuminate Berlioz’s relations with their music, and subject to their availability. The selection will be further enlarged with scores of other composers, whether contemporary or past, whose music Berlioz particularly liked, even though they may not have exercised any major influence on his own: in fact, the number of composers explicitly acknowledged as influences by Berlioz was restricted, and his approach was always eclectic. It is hoped in this way to make available in time not just some better known pieces (including complete Beethoven symphonies – nos. 3, 5, 6, and 7 are now available), but also comparative rarities.

    A separate page is devoted to each composer included here – Gluck, Weber etc. – and provides an outline of that composer’s relations with Berlioz and an assessment of his significance for Berlioz and his music. Extensive use will be made of Berlioz’s own writings – his correspondence, Memoirs, and writings on music, including the full text of Berlioz’s Critical Study of the Symphonies of Beethoven, from À travers chants, both in the original French and in English translation. All translations are by Michel Austin. For detailed information about the editions used consult the page Berlioz: Musical and Literary Works.  Each page also links up with the scores of that composer which are included here and provides further details about them.

    A summary history of this page is provided separately.

Composers covered

Berlioz and Beethoven

Berlioz and Gluck

Berlioz and Halévy

Berlioz and Liszt

Berlioz and Méhul

Berlioz and Meyerbeer

Berlioz and Spontini

Berlioz and Wagner

Berlioz and Weber

Scores available

Further information on each score is provided on the page dealing with the relevant composer.

Beethoven

Third Symphony (Eroica) (complete)

First movement
— Score in large format

Second movement
— Score in large format

Third movement
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Fourth movement
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Fourth Symphony

Second movement
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Fifth Symphony (complete)

First movement
— Score in large format

Second movement
— Score in large format

Third and fourth movements
— Score in large format

Sixth Symphony (Pastoral) (complete)

First movement
— Score in large format

Second movement
— Score in large format

Third, fourth and fifth movements
— Score in large format

Seventh Symphony (complete)

First movement
— Score in large format

Second movement
— Score in large format

Third movement
— Score in large format

Fourth movement
— Score in large format

Piano Concerto no. 5, second movement
— Score in large format

Gluck

Alceste, Act I, Ballet (Pantomime)
— Score in large format

Armide, Overture
— Score in large format

Armide, Act III Dance of Hate (1)
— Score in large format

Armide, Act V Sicilienne
— Score in large format

Iphigénie en Tauride, Act I Scene 1 (excerpt)
— Score in large format

Iphigénie en Tauride, Act I, Ballet
— Score in large format

Orphée, Act I, Pantomime (Funeral Rites)
— Score in large format

Orphée, Act I, Ritournelle
— Score in large format

Orphée, Act II, Dance of the Furies (1)
— Score in large format

Orphée, Act II, Dance of the Furies (2)
— Score in large format

Orphée, Act II, Ballet 1 (Dance of the Blessed Spirits)
— Score in large format

Orphée, Act II, Ballet 2 (Pantomime)
— Score in large format

Orphée, Act II, Ballet 3
— Score in large format

Orphée, Act II, Dance of the Heroes
— Score in large format

Halévy

La Juive, Introduction to Act I
— Score in large format

La Juive, Act IV, orchestral ritornello of Eléazar’s aria
— Score in large format

La Juive, March from Act V
— Score in large format

Méhul

Overture: La Chasse du Jeune Henri
— Score in large format

Meyerbeer

Robert le Diable, Act III (excerpt 1)
— Score in large format

Robert le Diable, Act III (excerpt 2)
— Score in large format

Overture and introduction: Les Huguenots
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Les Huguenots, Act III Danse Bohémienne
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Les Huguenots, Act V Entr’acte and Ballet
— Score in large format

Les Huguenots, Act V Trio (excerpt)
— Score in large format

Spontini

La Vestale, Overture 
— Score in large format

La Vestale, Act I Ballet 1
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La Vestale, Act I Ballet 2
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La Vestale, Act I Ballet 3
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La Vestale, Act II Scene 2 (ritornello)
— Score in large format

Weber

Jubel Overture
— Score in large format

Overture Der Freischütz
— Score in large format

Der Freischütz, Act I Waltz
— Score in large format

Der Freischütz, Entr’acte to Act III
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Overture Euryanthe
— Score in large format

Overture Oberon
— Score in large format

Oberon, Act II Ballet
— Score in large format

Oberon, Act III March
— Score in large format

Weber: Invitation to the Dance, orch. Berlioz
— Score in large format

Weber: Invitation to the Dance, original piano version
— Score in large format

The Hector Berlioz Website was created by Michel Austin and Monir Tayeb on 18 July 1997
Berlioz: Predecessors and Contemporaries created on 11 December 2002

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