Hector Berlioz


Born
in La Côte-Saint-André, France
December 11, 1803

Died
March 08, 1869

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Hector Berlioz (December 11, 1803 – March 8, 1869) was a French Romantic composer, conductor, music critic and author, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts (Requiem). Berlioz made significant contributions to the modern orchestra with his Treatise on Instrumentation (1844). He specified huge orchestral forces for some of his works; as a conductor, he performed several concerts with more than 1,000 musicians. He also composed around 50 songs.

Between 1830 and 1840, Berlioz wrote many of his most popular and enduring works. The foremost of these are the Symphonie fantastique (1830), Harold en Italie (1834), the Grande messe des morts (Requiem) (1837) and Roméo et Juliette (1839). Later operatic works
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The Memoirs

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Treatise on Instrumentation

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Evenings With the Orchestra

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The Orchestral Conductor

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Fantastic Symphony

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A Critical Study of Beethov...

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Symphonie Fantastique and H...

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A Treatise Upon Modern Inst...

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Mémoires de Hector Berlioz ...

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La Damnation de Faust: Dram...

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“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its students."

[Letter, November 1856]”
Hector Berlioz

“Life when one first arrives is a continual mortification as one's romantic illusions are successively shattered and the musical treasure-house of one's imagination crumbles before the hopelessness of the reality. Every day fresh experiences bring fresh disappointments.”
Hector Berlioz, The Memoirs

“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.”
Hector Berlioz

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