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Tragédie (Drame-héroique) in four acts

By Hector Berlioz

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3 soprano voice solos, alto voice solo, 3 SATB choirs, SATTB/SSAB/orchestra (3Soprano Voice Solo, Alto Voice Solo, 3SATB Choir, SATTB, SSAB, Orch)
Tragédie (Drame-héroique) in four acts. Composed by Hector Berlioz (1803-1869). Arranged by Karl-Heinz Müller. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Barenreiter Urtext. Vocal Score. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA05462-90. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA05462-90).

Item Number: BA.BA05462-90

ISBN 9790006526017. 27 x 19 cm inches. Text Language: French, German. Translation: Hans Swarowsky / Peter Brenner. Text: Pierre-Louis Moline.

Hector Berlioz was enthralled by Gluck and heard his masterpieces Iphigenie en Tauride , Orphee , Alceste , and Armide in Paris .

The original Italian version of Orphee gives the title role to a castrato. Gluck rewrote the part for high tenor for the performances in France . In 1859 Berlioz arranged the opera so that Orpheus could be sung by the great mezzo-soprano Pauline Viardot , with whom he worked closely at that time. He changed the formal design by dividing the work into four instead of three acts and placing the scenes in Hades and the Elysian Fields in separate acts.

He also changed certain sections of Orpheus's part, mainly in the recitatives, and fundamentally reworked Gluck's orchestration.

Berlioz's version of Orphee was published as volume 22a of the New Berlioz Edition in 2005. Our new vocal score is based on that volume.

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