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This section displays cover pages of first and other major editions of Berlioz’s musical works; the majority of these were published in Berlioz’s lifetime. The publication dates given here conform to D. Kern Holoman’s Catalogue of the Works of Hector Berlioz (1987) [vol. 25 of the New Berlioz Edition, published by Bärenreiter]. 

We intend to add to the collection as and when we acquire further documents or they are made available to us. 

Most of these editions are to be found in a small number of specialist collections which are identified below as follows:

[CH] = Cecil Hopkinson Collection, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh 
[RM] = Richard Macnutt Collection, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris 
[CM] = Conservatoire de Musique, Paris

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.

Symphonie fantastique – Advance edition, published in 1844 (Paris, Maurice Schlesinger) [CM]

Symphonie fantastique – First edition, published in 1845 (Paris, Maurice Schlesinger) [CH]

Ballet des Ombres, published in 1829 (Maurice Schlesinger, Paris) [from an 1888 book by Adolphe Jullien in our own collection]
All copies are lost, although a copy was recorded in the collection of Vicomte Spoelberch (D.K Holoman, NBE vol. 25, p. 69)

Neuf mélodies – First edition, published in 1830 (Maurice Schlesinger, Paris) [CH]

Neuf mélodies – First edition (variant), published c. 1834, with imprint: au Bureau de la  Société des compositeurs réunis, Paris [CH]

Neuf mélodies – Second edition, published c. 1834 (Catelin et Cie. Editeurs des compositeurs réunis, Paris) [CH]

Neuf mélodies (Irlande) – Third edition, published in 1849 (S. Richault, Paris) [CH]

Grande Messe des morts – First edition, published in 1838 (Maurice Schlesinger, Paris) [RM]

Grande Messe des morts – Second edition, published in 1853 (G. Ricordi, Milan) [CH]

Tristia, published in 1852 (S. Richault, Paris) [CM]

Le Roi des Aulnes, published in 1860 (O. Legouix, Paris) [CH]

Les Troyens

The full score was first printed by Choudens (La Prise de Troie in 1899 and Les Troyens à Carthage in 1885), but never put on sale. The full score was first published in the New Berlioz Edition volumes 2a-c, in 1969 by Bärenreiter.

New Berlioz Edition – general cover page of all the 26 volumes [in our own collection]

Les Troyens – piano and vocal score of the original version (complete opera), privately published in 1862; printed by Thierry Frères, Paris [CM]

Les Troyens (La Prise de Troie) – piano and vocal score, published in 1863 (Choudens, Paris) [CH]

Les Troyens (Les Troyens à Carthage) – piano and vocal score, published in 1863 (Choudens, Paris) [CH]

Les Troyens – piano and vocal score, general title to each of the two separate parts published in 1863 (as above) [CH]

Marche troyenne, full score, printed by Choudens in 1865 [CM]
The Marche troyenne was developed in 1864 by Berlioz from music in the opera for performance as a separate concert piece.

Les Troyens à Carthage – full orchestral score, printed by Choudens in 1885 [CM]

Related pages on this site: 

Berlioz Music Scores  
Berlioz Libretti  
Berlioz: Musical and Literary Works 

The Hector Berlioz Website was created by Michel Austin and Monir Tayeb on 18 July 1997;
Berlioz First Editions created on 10 August 2003.

© Monir Tayeb and Michel Austin. All rights of reproduction reserved.

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