Berlioz’ ‘Harold in Italy’ with the Huntingdonshire Philharmonic
23rd March 2013. 7.30pm. Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre.
Conductor – Adrian Brown.
Asked to by Niccolo Paganini, Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) wrote ‘Harold in Italy’ in 1834. Berlioz wrote, “My intention was to write a series of orchestral scenes, in which the solo viola would be involved as a more or less active participant while retaining its own character. By placing it among the poetic memories formed from my wanderings in the Abruzzi, I wanted to make the viola a kind of melancholy dreamer in the manner of Byron’s Childe-Harold.”
‘Harold in Italy’ was premiered on 23 November 1834 with the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Chrétien Urhan playing the viola part, Narcisse Girard conducting.