Berlioz Les Nuits D’Été (Summer Nights) Op.7
Distinctive and unusual

Cooke’s Tour 10: Berlioz Les Nuits D’Été Op.7
Listen to Richard Cooke’s introduction

“Nuits d’Été (Summer Nights) is the first song cycle to be orchestrated which has found its way into the central repertoire. Originally written for piano accompaniment, it went through several changes over the years as the orchestral settings were each created. Each song was dedicated to a different singer and Berlioz envisaged they would be sung by a contralto for one, tenor and baritone for one each and the other three for either mezzo-soprano or tenor…”
Richard Cooke


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Canterbury Choral Society Music Director, Richard Cooke, is sharing his favourite works to give some musical nourishment in these difficult, isolated times. ‘Cooke’s Tour’ is a weekly musical voyage (not necessarily choral music) that music lovers can enjoy without leaving home. You can see his introductory video on Royal Choral Society YouTube channel.

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As well as Canterbury Choral Society, Richard Cooke is Music Director of Royal Choral Society and University of Essex Choir.