Les francs-juges, H 23 (Berlioz, Hector)

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Concert Overture, H 23D (Op.3)

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Publisher. Info. Paris: Richault, n.d.[1836]. Plate 2162.R.
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Publisher. Info. Hector Berlioz Werke, Serie II, Band 4
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Concert Overture, H 23D (Op.3)

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Arranger Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Publisher. Info. Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, n.d.(ca.1845). Plate 8315.
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Work Title Les Francs-juges (opera)
Alternative. Title Grande Ouverture des Francs-Juges
Composer Berlioz, Hector
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Œuvre 3 (overture) ; H 23
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's Opera in 3 Acts; Overture and 5 numbers survive
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1825–26, rev. 1829, 1833
First Publication. 1836 (overture, Op.3)
2002 (fragments, H 23A–C)
Librettist Humbert Ferrand (1805–1868)
Language French
Dedication “à mon ami [Narcisse] Girard” (1797–1860)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation orchestra (for overture)
2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (C), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon
4 horns (2 in E, 2 in D), 2 trumpets (E), 2 cornets (E),
3 trombones (alto, tenor, bass), 2 ophicleides (C, B)
timpani, cymbals, bass drum, strings

Misc. Comments

  • Opera in three acts (libretto by Humbert Ferrand); overture and 5 numbers survive.

Version and Fragment Listing

  • H 23A Les Francs-juges
Opera in three acts (Ferrand); overture and 5 numbers surviving
comp. ?1825 – October 1826; rev. 1829
  • H 23B Nocturne (Mélodie pastorale)
Nise, Sopr. I; Méry, Sopr. II; Obald, Tén.
Chœur: Bergers, Paysans, Sopr. I–II, Tén. I–II, Basses I–II
Pf.
comp. May 1828
  • H 23C Le Cri de Guerre du Brisgau
Incomplete intermezzo in one act based on Les francs-juges
comp. November 1833 – January 1834
  • H 23D Grande Ouverture des Francs-Juges
Fl. I–II (P. fl. I–II), Hb. I–II, Cl. I–II, Bn I–II, Contrebasson, Cors I–IV, Tromp. I–II, Tromp. à p., Tromb. I-III, Oph.
comp. ?1824, September – October 1826
1st perf. Salle du Conservatoire, Paris, May 26 1828, cond. Bloc
later rev. before pub. as Œuvre 3, 1836

Publication History

  • Paris: 1836, Œuvre 3 (Concert Overture, full score)
  • Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d.(1900), as part of Hector Berlioz Werke (1900–07), Serie I, Band IV, edited by Charles Malherbe and Felix Weingartner (Overture only, full score)
  • Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2002, BA 5444, as part of New Berlioz Edition (1967–2005), Volume 4: Incomplete operas, fragments edited by Ric Graebner and Paul Banks
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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