Overture 'Waverley', H 26 (Berlioz, Hector)



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Editor Charles Malherbe (1853–1911)
Felix Weingartner (1863–1942)
Publisher. Info. Hector Berlioz Werke, Serie II, Band 4
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1900. Plate H.B. 5.
Misc. Notes #384389 This score includes measure numbers.
Part of the research project Romantic Overtures, 1820-1850
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General Information

Work Title Grande Ouverture de Waverley
Alternative. Title
Name Translations Waverley
Authorities WorldCat; VIAF: 184472422; LCCN: no00024682; GND: 300276648; BNF: 139085024
Composer Berlioz, Hector
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Œuvre 1 ; H 26
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IHB 49
Key D major
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1827
First Performance. 1828-05-26 in Paris, Conservatoire.
First Publication. 1839
Dedication Colonel Félix Marmion (1787–1869)
Average DurationAvg. Duration 12 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Orchestra
2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 4 bassoons
4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, ophecleide (tuba), timpani, strings
External Links Wikipedia article on Berlioz overtures
On-line score (Scorch format) at Berlioz website

Misc. Comments

Loosely based on Berlioz’s impressions of the novel by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) and bearing a quotation “Dreams of love and Lady’s charms/Give place to honour and to arms”, the work was dedicated to the composer’s maternal uncle, who may have played a part in his earliest publications dating from the late 1810s/early 1820s.

Publication History

  • Paris: 1839, Œuvre 1 (full score)
  • Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d. (1901), as part of Hector Berlioz Werke (1900–07), Serie II, Band V, edited by Charles Malherbe and Felix Weingartner
  • Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2000, BA 5460, as part of New Berlioz Edition (1967–2005), Volume 20, edited by Diana Bickley

Compositions and Literary Works by Hector Berlioz

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


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


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