Waverley Overture

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Sir Walter Scott's novels were all the rage in Paris in the 1830s and 40s. The immediate success of Waverley was phenomenal and established Scott as a novelist with an international reputation. In his score Berlioz quotes from the novel itself : "Dreams of love and Lady's charms, Give place to honour and to arms". Set in the times of the 1745 Scots' rebellion, the slow, romantic introduction is followed by an Allegro, full of vigour and youthful spirit.