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Benvenuto Cellini Hol. 76

Opéra comique. Principal versions Paris 1, Paris 2 and Weimar, with supplement: Libretto (English/German)

By Hector Berlioz

Soprano voice solo, mezzo-soprano voice solo, 2 tenor voice solos, baritone voice solo, 5 bass voice solos, SSTTBB choir, piano (Soprano, Mezzo, 2 Tenor, Bar, 5 Bass Voice Solos, Mixed choir:SSTTBB, 2 Fl, 2 Ob, 2 clar, 4bsn, 4Hn, 4Trp, 2 Pist, 3tbn, Op, timp, perc, 2 gtr, 2 hp, Str Buhnenmusik: 2 gtr, 2 Trp, perc)
Opéra comique. Principal versions Paris 1, Paris 2 and Weimar, with supplement: Libretto (English/German). Composed by Hector Berlioz (1803-1869). Edited by Hugh MacDonald. Arranged by Martin Schelhaas and Eike Wernhard. This edition: urtext edition. Hardback. Barenreiter Urtext. Oper (Opera). Vocal Score. Hol 76. Duration 4 hours. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA05441-90. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA05441-90).

Item Number: BA.BA05441-90

ISBN 9790006504916. 27.5 x 19.6 cm inches. Text Language: French. Text: Wailly, Léon de.

Benvenuto Cellini, premiered in 1838, is inspired by the life of the legendary Florentine goldsmith and Renaissance figure. The premiere was a disatster yet even by Berlioz's high standards it contains music of exceptional inventiveness and beauty.

The work is challenging not least due to the three versions which exist:

I The original version (Paris 1) as Berlioz composed it
II The version premiered in Paris (Paris 2) after rehearsal and copied into an archival full score
III The Weimar version based on the revival in 1852 following changes suggested by Liszt

Our edition offers a solution to the problem of publishing operas which have been heavily revised by their composers, so that any of its many versions may be adopted on stage today.

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    Baumann Rudolf P.
    Zurich - Switzerland
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  • October 19, 2003 First complete edition of different vers

    Very good typography, a little bit complicated to follow, especially when different versions are combined for an execution.

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