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Notes on Music
Wed February 27, 2013
The Roman Carnival Overture
The Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz is a very popular selection essentially made up of music from his opera, Benvenuto Cellini, especially its carnival scene, but is intended to stand on its own as a concert piece. Interestingly, the word “carnival” means “put the meat away”, and refers to Shrove Tuesday, a time of revelry and feasting before the austerity of Lent.