Les nuits d'été, H 81 (Berlioz, Hector)

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Language French / German / English
Translator Peter Cornelius (1824–1874), German text
Percy Pinkerton (1855–1946), English text
Publisher. Info. Hector Berlioz Werke, Serie VI, Nos.9-11, 5, 12-13, Band 15
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1903. Plate H.B. 50-52, 46, 53-54.
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Editor Charles Malherbe (1853-1911)
Felix Weingartner (1863-1942)
Publisher. Info. Hector Berlioz Werke, Serie VI, No.5, Band 15
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1903. Plate H.B. 46.
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Language French / German
Translator Peter Cornelius (1824-1874), German text
Publisher. Info. Collection de 32 mélodies pour une ou plusieurs voix et choeur (pp.1-40)
Paris: S. Richault, n.d.[1863]. Plate R. 13682.
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Publisher. Info. London: Novello, Ewer & Co., n.d.[1881]. Plate 6150.
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Publisher. Info. Paris: Costallat & Cie., n.d.(ca.1900). Plate C. & C. 709
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Work Title Les nuits d’été (Summer Nights)
Alternative. Title Six mélodies avec un petit orchestre
Composer Berlioz, Hector
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Œuvre 7 ; H 81 (A and B)
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IHB 46
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 songs
  1. Villanelle, H 82
    mezzo-soprano or tenor
  2. Le spectre de la rose, H 83
    mezzo-soprano or tenor (A), contralto (B)
  3. Sur les lagunes: lamento, H 84
    mezzo-soprano or tenor (A), baritone, contralto, or mezzo-soprano (B)
  4. Absence, H 85
    mezzo-soprano or tenor
  5. Au cimitière: clair de lune, H 86
    mezzo-soprano or tenor (A), tenor (B)
  6. L’île inconnue: barcarolle, H 87
    mezzo-soprano or tenor
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1840–41, orchestrated 1856
First Publication. 1841 (H 81A) - Paris: Ad. Catelin & Cie., Plate Ad.C. 872 & Cie., 25 pages (to Richault after 1843)
1856 (H 81B) - Winterthur: J. Rieter-Biedermann, Plate 2, 72 pages
Librettist Théophile Gautier (1811–1872)
Language French
Dedication Louise Bertin (voice and piano)
Average DurationAvg. Duration 30 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voice, piano (see comments); arranged for voice, orchestra
2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 3 horns, harp, strings
External Links Wikipedia article
voice and piano (H 81A)
voice and orchestra (H 81B)
The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive
Libretto (Berlioz Website)

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Voice and Piano
  • Paris: 1841, as Œuvre 7 - Ad. Catelin & Cie., Plate Ad.C. 872 & Cie., 25 pages (to Richault after 1843)
  • Paris: 1863, included in Collection de 32 Mélodies: nos. 1–6
  • Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d.(1904), as part of Hector Berlioz Werke (1900–07), Serie VII, Band XVII, edited by Charles Malherbe and Felix Weingartner
  • Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2005, BA 5455, as part of New Berlioz Edition (1967–2005), Volume 15, edited by Ian Rumbold
Voice and Orchestra
  • Paris: 1856 (full score, parts) - Winterthur: J. Rieter-Biedermann, Plate 2, 72 pages
  • Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d.(1903), as part of Hector Berlioz Werke (1900–07), Serie VI, Band XV, edited by Charles Malherbe and Felix Weingartner
  • Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1975, BA 5453, as part of New Berlioz Edition (1967–2005), Volume 13, edited by Ian Kemp


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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