Hector Berlioz was born on December 11, 1803, into the family of a Medical Doctor Louis Berlioz and Marie-Antoinette-Josephine. He was the first of 6 children of whom 3 died. He took music lessons at home from a visiting teacher and played flute and guitar. By the age of 16, he wrote a song for voice and guitar...See full bio »
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(writer: "Symphonie phantastique: Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat" opus 14 - Largo, Allegro, Dies Irae, and Ronde du Sabbat, "Tristia: La mort d'Ophélie auprès d'un torrent" opus 18, "Tristia: Marche funèbre pour la dernière scène d'Hamlet" opus 18)
(writer: "LE SPECTRE DE LA ROSE" da NUITS D'ETE / writer: "VILLANELLE - QUAND VIENDRA LA SAISON NOUVELLE da NUITS D'ETE / as H. Berlioz)
He wrote one of the first textbooks on orchestration. The book was an enormous influence on all future composers, and encouraged musicians to become more daring in their style of orchestration. It is still in print today, and still studied by musicians.
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His big shock of deep red curly hair and his eagle nose
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