Berlioz - Rob Roy Overture - Flute Choir
Hector Berlioz / John Gibson - JB Linear Music
Set for clarinet choir by John Gibson (piccolo, flute 1-2-3, alto, bass, contrabass)The Rob Roy Overture for orchestra was composed in 1831 by Hector Berlioz with Sir Walter Scott's Rob Roy as inspiration. Scott's book took a rather romantic view of Rob Roy MacGregor as a Scottish Robin Hood character. Rob Roy was born in 1671 and became a folk hero and the focus of a number of movies. Berlioz used rollicking Scottish jig figures and many parts of the piece were later re-worked into his Harold in Italy for viola and orchestra.Berlioz's overture set for flute choir requires sufficient forces of players to carry off his intentions, so I suggest this be played by a large flute choir, preferably with at least 3 on a part for the flute, 2 on alto, and 2 on bass, A single piccolo and contrabass flute would be adequate. Of course, a smaller group could perform this, but a larger one might be more successful. The piece is about 9 minutes long.