Hector Berlioz (18031869)

Lélio, or the Return to Life

A Lyric Monodrama
Piano reduction based on the Urtext of the New Berlioz Edition

Instrumentation: 3 soloists (TTB), mixed choir (SSTTB), narrator, piano, orchestra

Piano reduction (Urtext edition)

Item no.296609
Author/ComposerHector Berlioz
ArrangerEike Wernhard
EditorPeter Bloom
Languagesgerman, english, french
Scope98 pages; 19,0 x 27 cm
Release year2002
Order numberBA 5447-90
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Lélio was composed during Berlioz's stay in Italy in 1831. In April of that year he set out from Rome, where he held a scholarship as winner of the Prix de Rome, and travelled as far as Nice on hearing that his fiancee Camille Moke had rejected him in favour of another suitor. He had intended to return to Paris to exact revenge, but then he abandoned his plan and instead spent three weeks in Nice, returning in stages to Rome. On this return journey he conceived the idea of a semi-theatrical work that combined music and monologues to express the idea of returning to life after a profound traumatic experience.

The composition was finished in Rome in Iune 1831. In the spring of 1832, while staying with his parents in Dauphiné, Berlioz copied the orchestral and vocal parts, and the work was first performed in conjunction with the Symphonie fantastique at the Paris Conservatoire on 9 December 1832. It was heard again three weeks later and again on 3 May 1835.

While designated as the second part of the "Episode in the Life of an Artist", Lelio can never- theless be performed on its own, without the Symphonie fantastique to precede it.


  • Vorwort
  • Anmerkung, Personen

Lélio ou Le retour à la vie

  • 1 Der Fischer, Ballade von Goethe
  • 2 Geister-Chor
  • 3 Räuberlied
  • 4 Gesang des Glücks – Hymne
  • 5 Die Aeolsharfe – Erinnerungen
  • 6 Fantasie über Shakespeares „Sturm“