La belle voyageuse, H 42 (Berlioz, Hector)

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 Complete Score
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PMLP115008-Berlioz - Irlande, Op. 2 - IV. La belle Voyageuse (orch. score).pdf

Charles Malherbe (1853–1911)
Felix Weingartner (1863–1942)


Emma Klingenfeld (1846–1935), German text
Percy Pinkerton (1855–1946), English text

Publisher Info.:

Hector Berlioz Werke, Serie VI, Band 15
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1900–07. Plate H.B. 44.


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 Complete Score (EU)
#109240 - 0.61MB, 8 (#3–10) pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- C*/71/V* - 737x

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Madcapellan (2011/7/14)


Ian Kemp (1931*)

Publisher Info.:

Hector Berlioz: New Edition of the Complete Works, vol.13
Kassel: Bärenreiter-Verlag, 1975. Plate BA 5453 (issued 1975)

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General Information

Work Title La belle voyageuse
Alternative Title Ballade
Composer Berlioz, Hector
Opus/Catalogue Number Œuvre 2, No.4 ; H 42 (3 extant versions)
Key A major
Year/Date of Composition 1829
First Performance 1842-12-29 in Stuttgart (mezzo and orchestra)
1851-03-25 in Paris, Salle Ste-Cécile (female chorus and orchestra)
First Publication 1830 (vocal score)
1844, 1975 (full scores)
Librettist Thomas Moore (1779–1852), Irish Melodies
Thomas Gounet (1801–69), French translation
Language French
Average Duration 5 minutes
Composer Time Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation A: mez, piano
B: TTBB, piano – LOST
C: mezzo-soprano, orchestra (flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 1 bassoon, strings)
D: SA chorus, orch

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Publication History

  • Paris: January 1830, as Œuvre 2, No.4 (vocal score)
  • Paris: 1844 (full score of H 42C)
  • Paris: 1863, reduction of H 42C included in Collection de 32 Mélodies: no. 10
  • Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d., as part of Hector Berlioz Werke (1900–07), Serie VI, Band 15 (1903) and Serie VII, Band 17 (1904), edited by Charles Malherbe and Felix Weingartner
  • Kassel: Bärenreiter, as part of New Berlioz Edition (1967–2005)
    H 42C and 42D in BA 5453, Volume 13 (1975), edited by Ian Kemp
    H 42A in BA 5455, Volume 15 (2005), edited by Ian Rumbold


Libretto at The Hector Berlioz Website

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