Berlioz wrote the "Roman Carnival Overture" in approx. 1843, using themes from his two-act opera "Benvenuto Cellini", as a stand-alone piece to be performed in a concert promoting his own works. The work contains the love duet between Cellini and Teresa interspersed with quotations of the saltarello, a wild dance.
In this arrangement I have used the piano reduction for four hands by Ferd. Wrede, further setting it for large saxophone ensemble of;
1 X Sopranino
2 X Soprano
5 X Alto
2 X Tenor
2 X Baritone
1 X Bass
The entire work is entered into Finale 2008 and uses the CMB saxophones as well as the JABB Sopranino. This work certainly taxes the musicians to the maximum, as even with the large ensemble, there is not many opportunities to trade off. But in grand Berlioz style it also provides an exciting ride almost unparalleled in other orchestral works.