La menace des Francs, H 117 (Hector Berlioz)

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  • CPDL #20115:     
Editors: Melinda O'Neal and Larry Kenny (submitted 2009-09-07).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
  • CPDL #01473:   
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2000-10-12).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 232 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: PDF vocal score added July 12, 2002. Movement #1 of Vox populi, with male semi-chorus or soloists.

General Information

Title: La menace des Francs: marche et chœur
Composer: Hector Berlioz

Number of voices: 10vv   Voicing: SSTTBB and TTBB semi-chorus or solos
Genre: SecularCantata Catalogue Number: H 117
Larger work: incorporated as movement nº 1 of Vox populi, Op. 20

Language: French
Instruments: Piano reduction of full orchestra

Published: 1849 (vocal score), 1851 (full score); 1903 Hector Berlioz Werke, Serie VI, Band 14, Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel. Plate H.B. 41. 1991 New Berlioz Edition, Volume 12a, Kassel: Bärenreiter.

Description: short cantata for chorus, semi-chorus or soloists, and orchestra.

External websites: Full score at IMSLP

Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original text: Author anonymous.

Ah! si, le sceptre en main,
Trop fier d’un pouvoir surhumain,
Roi, tu prétends éclipser notre gloire,
À la victoire
On nous verra marcher soudain.

Malgré ta couronne
Tu trembleras,
Et de ton trône
Tu redescendras.

Les bras, les âmes,
Enfants et femmes,
Tout pour nous combattra,
Tout à nous s’unira,
Et contre toi sur nos pas entraîné,
Armé du fer et des flammes,
Le peuple entier marchera.