Berlioz, Symphony for Band

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Grande Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale, Hector Berlioz, modern edition by David Whitwell. Berlioz composed his Symphony for Band in honor of Frenchmen killed in an uprising in 1830.


Grande Sym­phonie Funèbre et Triomphale
Hec­tor Berlioz (1803–1869)
Mod­ern edi­tion by David Whitwell (1937-)

Date: 1840
Instru­men­ta­tion: Con­cert Band (with option­al SATB choir)
Dura­tion: 25:00
Lev­el: 5
ISMN: 979–0‑720143–14‑9

Notes on the Berlioz Symphony

Berlioz com­posed his Sym­pho­ny for Band in hon­or of French­men killed in an upris­ing in 1830. This Sym­pho­ny is one of the mas­ter­pieces of the band reper­toire and Wag­n­er, after hav­ing heard the composer’s Sym­phonie fan­tas­tique and the Romeo and Juli­et, observed that it was the band sym­pho­ny which con­vinced him of the genius of Berlioz. The sym­pho­ny is in three move­ments: Marche fune­bre, Orai­son fune­bre, Apotheose.


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