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Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz
Louis-Hector Berlioz (1803–1869) was a French Romantic composer, who wrote such masterpieces as the Symphonie fantastique, Roméo et Juliette, Grande messe des morts (Requiem), the oratorios La damnation de Faust and L'Enfance du Christ, and the operas Les Troyens and Benvenuto Cellini. Berlioz, who specified huge orchestral forces for some of his works, also made significant contributions to the modern orchestra with his Treatise on Instrumentation. His influence was critical for the further development of Romanticism, especially in the music of composers such as Richard Wagner, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Richard Strauss, and Gustav Mahler.
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Editor's Note: Hector Berlioz's "Quartetto e coro dei maggi" ("Quartet and Chorus of the Magi") was written sometime around the year 1832 but not published until 1902. The author of the text is not known, though it might...
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Editor's Note: Regrettably, Hector Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ is little known today, aside from "The Shepherds' Farewell to the Holy Family," which is often programmed independently of the oratorio on classical Christmas albums. This chorus'...
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Editor's Note: Hector Berlioz composed Le carnaval romain, ouverture pour orchestre (Roman Carnival Overture), Op. 9, in in 1844. Intended to be performed as an independent piece, it employs themes from Berlioz' opera Benvenuto Cellini: The beautiful melody on cor anglais in the slow introduction comes from the Act I...