Méditation religieuse, H 56 (Berlioz, Hector)


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Editor Charles Malherbe (1853–1911)
Felix Weingartner (1863–1942)
Translator F. Graf Sporck, German text
Percy Pinkerton (1855–1946), English text
Publisher. Info. Hector Berlioz Werke, Serie VI, Band 14
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1900–07. Plate H.B. 34.
Misc. Notes Incorporated in Tristia, Op. 18, as No. 1
Only the English translation is possibly under copyright in the EU.
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General Information

Work Title Méditation religieuse
Alternative. Title Tristia, No. 1
Composer Berlioz, Hector
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Œuvre 18, No. 1; H 56B
Key G major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1831, revised 1849
First Publication. 1849 (vocal score)
1851 (full score)
Librettist Anne-Louise Swanton-Belloc (1796–1881), after Thomas Moore (1779–1852)
Language French
Dedication à Prince Eugen von Sayn-Wittgenstein
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Choir: SSTTBB – 2,0,2,2 – 2,0,0,0 – str
External Links Libretto at The Hector Berlioz Website

Misc. Comments

»Ce monde entier n’est qu’une ombre fugitive« (text by Louise Swanton-Belloc, after Thomas Moore “This world is a fleeting show”)

Publication History

  • Paris: 1849 as Œuvre 18, no. 1 (vocal score)
  • Paris: 1851 (full score)
  • Paris: 1863, piano-vocal reduction in Collection de 32 Mélodies H 139: no. 20
  • Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d.(1903), as part of Hector Berlioz Werke (1900–07), Serie VI, Band XIV, edited by Charles Malherbe and Felix Weingartner
  • Kassel: Bärenreiter, BA 5452/II (1993), as part of New Berlioz Edition (1967–2005), Volume 12b, edited by David Charlton