Berlioz: Rêverie et caprice (Romance)

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  • Composer: Hector Berlioz
  • Editor: Hugh Macdonald
  • Instrumentation (this edition): Piano Reduction, Violin
  • Originally for: Violin, Orchestra
  • Work: Rêverie et caprice (Romance), H 88, Op. 8
  • ISMN: 9790006521197
  • Size: 9.1 x 11.8 inches
  • Pages: 13
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


Berlioz's only work for solo violin and orchestra, the Rêverie et caprice was first performed in a concert in Paris on February 1, 1842. Berlioz decided to arrange the original and published two new versions - one with orchestra and one with piano. The solo part is slightly different between the two versions. Interestingly, though the piece was dedicated to the Belgian violinst Alexandre-Joseph Artôt, he never played it! However, the likes of Ernst, David, Joachim and Wieniawski performed it.