Cooper and Berlioz Overture “Le Corsaire Rouge”
Berlioz commemorates the death of James Fenimore Cooper
Composer Hector Berlioz was a great admirer of James Fenimore Cooper and commemorated Cooper’s death by renaming one of his overtures Le corsaire rouge, translated from the French as “Red Rover” — the title of one of Cooper’s novels.
You may listen to the McGill Symphony Orchestra Montreal play Le corsaire rouge here, conducted by Alexis Hauser.
Performed on October 6, 2012 at Pollack Hall of Schulich School of Music of McGill University. Recorded by faculty and students of the Sound Recording program of McGill University.
Louis-Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869) was a French Romantic composer. Among his best-known works are the Symphonie fantastique, Roméo et Juliette, and La Damnation de Faust.
The Naxos site offers more detail on Le corsair rouge and its composer.