Benvenuto Cellini, H 76 (Berlioz, Hector)

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Language French
Publisher. Info. Paris: Choudens, n.d. (ca.1886). Plate A.C. 6870.
Reprinted New York: Edwin F. Kalmus, n.d.(1933-70).Catalog 513.
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Editor Charles Malherbe (1853–1911)
Felix Weingartner (1863–1942)
Publisher. Info. Hector Berlioz Werke, Serie II, Band 5
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1900. Plate H.B. 10.
Reprinted Roman Carnival and Other Overtures in Full Score
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Editor Charles Malherbe (1853–1911)
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Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, n.d.(ca.1910), Orch.-B. 1139
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Complete, H 76 (Weimar version)

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Arranger Hans von Bülow (1830–1894), piano reduction
Language German / French
Translator Peter Cornelius (1824–1874), German text
Publisher. Info. Braunschweig: Henry Litolff, n.d.[1856]. Plate 1232.
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Arranger Hans von Bülow (1830–1894)
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Publisher. Info. Paris: Choudens Fils, n.d.(1863). Plate A.C. 989.
Reprinted New York: Edwin F. Kalmus, n.d.(1933-70).Catalog 6052.
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Arranger Hans von Bülow (1830–1894)
Publisher. Info. Paris: A. C. Choudens, 1950. Plate A.C. 16,807.
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For Piano Solo (Liszt)
See: Bénédiction et serment, S.396, by Franz Liszt

Overture

For Piano 4 hands (Bülow)

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Publisher. Info. Berlin: Schlesinger, n.d.(1865). Plate 3090 A.
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Publisher. Info. Milan: G. Ricordi, n.d.(1852). Plate 23778.
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General Information

Work Title Benvenuto Cellini, opéra semi-seria
Alternative. Title
Composer Berlioz, Hector
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. H 76
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 Acts in 4 Tableaux (Paris 1 and 2), 3 Acts (Weimar)
Setting: Rome, during Carnival of 1532, over Shrove Monday, Mardi Gras, and Ash Wednesday.
Weimar version
Grande Ouverture (Œuvre 23), 420 bars
  • Acte Ier. Lundi gras
1. Introduction. Balducci: "Teresa!" (195 bars)
2. (Recit. & Air)
Recit. Teresa: "Les belles fleurs!" (23 bars)
Air. Teresa: "Entre l’amour et le devoir" (241 bars)
3. Duo et Trio (Teresa, Cellini, Fieramosca)
Recit. (26 bars)
Cellini: "O Teresa, vous que j’aime plus que ma vie" (426 bars)
4. Final. Balducci: "C’est fini! A nous voisines et servantes!" (147 bars)
  • Acte IIème. Mardi gras
5. Romance
Recit. Cellini: "Une heure encore" (26 bars)
Romance. Cellini: "La gloire était ma seule idole" (80 bars)
6. Scène et Chœur. Bernardino, Chœur: "A boire, à boire!" (514 bars, 608 in vs)
7. Air. Fieramosca: "Ah! qui pourrait me résister?" (161 bars)
8. Final (Le carnaval). Balducci: "Vous voyez j’espère
  • Acte IIIème. Mercrèdi des cendres
9. Entr’acte et Chœur
Chœur d’ouvriers fondeurs: "A l’atelier rentrons sans plus attendre"
10. Scène. Teresa: "Il n’a pas reparu"
11. Air. Ascanio: "Tra la la la la la la la"
12. Scène et Chœur
Recit. Teresa: "Ah qu’est-il devenu"
Chœur: "Rosa purpurea Maria sancta mater ora pro nobis"
13. Duetto. Cellini, Teresa: "Quand des sommets de la montagne"
14. Scène et Sextuor. Balducci: "Ah! je te trouve enfin"
15. Air
Recit. Cellini: "Seul pour lutter"
Air. Cellini: "Sur le monts le plus sauvages"
16. Final. Un Officier: "Son eminence attend"
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1836–38
First Performance. 1838-09-10 in Paris, Opéra
Gilbert Duprez (Cellini), François Antoine Habeneck (conductor)
First Publication. 1838 (overture and selections)
1856 (vocal score)
1886 (full score, incomplete)
1994/96 (full score, complete)
Librettist Auguste Barbier (1805–82) and Léon de Wailly (1804–63),
after an idea by Alfred de Vigny (1797–1863)
Language French
Dedication Mr. Ernest Legouvé (Grande ouverture Op.23)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voices (13 roles, 9 singing), chorus, orchestra
Cast
Benvenuto Cellini, goldsmith (tenor)
Giacomo Balducci, papal treasurer (bass)
Fieramosca, sculptor in service to the Pope (Paris: tenor; Weimar: baritone)
Pope Clement VII, Paris 2, Weimar: Cardinal Salviati (bass)
Francesco, craftsman in the studio of Cellini (tenor)
Bernardino, craftsman in the studio of Cellini (bass)
Pompeo, murderer (Paris: tenor; Weimar: baritone)
Innkeeper (tenor)
A waiter at the inn (spoken)
Three mime actors (spoken)
Teresa, daughter of Balducci (soprano)
Ascanio, apprentice to Cellini (soprano)
Mixed Chorus (SSATTBB)
Women and Children, Craftsmen, Citizens, Penitents, Monks and Noblemen
Orchestra
2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), 2 oboes (both also English horn),
2 clarinets (2nd also bass clarinet), 4 bassoons
4 horns, 4 trumpets, 2 cornets, 3 trombones, ophecleide
timpani, percussion (3), 4 harps, strings
Onstage Instruments
2 guitars, 2 trumpets, tambourine, cymbals
External Links Wikipedia article
On-line score (Scorch format) of the Overture
Libretti
Paris version 1
Weimar version

Benvenuto Cellini - scores at Sheet Music Plus

Extra Information Publication History

Misc. Comments

Paris versions

The original version of the overture for Paris is scored somewhat more elaborately, and was simplified for the première; this revision is the same as was later published as the concert overture. Other changes were made prior to the first performance, such as Berlioz having to replace all of the original spoken dialogue with recitatives; the censors also objected to the portrayal of Pope Clement as a historical personnage, requiring the invention of the rôle of the cardinal.

Act I, Tableau 1 corresponds to Act I of the Weimar version.
Act I, Tableau 2 corresponds to Act II of the Weimar version.
Act II, Tableaux 1 and 2 corresponds to Act III of the Weimar version.




Compositions and Literary Works by Hector Berlioz
Operas

Les francs-juges, H 23 · Benvenuto Cellini, H 76 · Les Troyens, H 133 · Béatrice et Bénédict, H 138

Symphonies

Symphonie fantastique, H 48 · Harold en Italie, H 68 · Roméo et Juliette, H 79 · Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale, H 80

Concert Overtures

Grande ouverture de Waverley, H 26 · Grande ouverture du Roi Lear, H 53 · Intrata di Rob-Roy MacGregor, H 54 · Le carnaval romain, H 95 · Le Corsaire, H 101

Liturgical works

Messe solennelle, H 20 · Grande messe des morts, H 75 · Te Deum, H 118

Other choral works

Lélio, ou le retour à la vie, H 55 · La damnation de Faust, H 111 · Tristia, H 119 · Vox populi, H 120 · L’enfance du Christ, H 130

Songs and cantatas

Herminie, H 29 · Cléopâtre, H 36 · Irlande, H 38 · Les nuits d’été, H 81 · Feuillets d’album, H 121 · Fleurs des landes, H 124

Writings

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