Hector Berlioz


Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) was the leading French composer of Romantic music, best known for his innovative Symphonie fantastique and use of large-scale orchestras and choruses in works like The Trojans opera. Berlioz's innovative style brought successes and failures in equal measure, but his lasting legacy is that he dramatically changed what was thought possible in orchestral music.

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  • 1803 - 1869
    Life of the composer Hector Berlioz.
  • 11 Dec 1803
    Hector Berlioz is born in La-Côte-Saint-André, France.
  • 1826 - 1830
    Hector Berlioz studies at the Paris Conservatoire.
  • 1827
    Hector Berlioz falls madly in love with the Irish actress Harriet Smithson.
  • 1830
    Hector Berlioz composes Symphonie fantastique.
  • 1830
    Hector Berlioz wins the prestigious Prix de Rome music prize.
  • Oct 1833
    Hector Berlioz marries the Irish actress Harriet Smithson.
  • 1834
    Hector Berlioz composes his symphony Harold en Italie.
  • 1834
    Hector Berlioz composes his opera Benvenuto Cellini.
  • 1839
    Hector Berlioz composes his choral symphony Roméo et Juliette.
  • 1841
    Hector Berlioz composes his song-cycle Les nuits d’été (Summer Nights).
  • 1842 - 1862
    Hector Berlioz makes regular conducting tours in Europe with great success.
  • 1843
    Hector Berlioz publishes an important treatise on orchestration.
  • 1854
    Hector Berlioz marries the singer Marie Recto.
  • 1854
    Hector Berlioz composes his oratorio L’enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ).
  • 1856
    Hector Berlioz composes his opera Les Troyens (The Trojans).
  • 1862
    Hector Berlioz composes his comic opera Béatrice et Bénédict.
  • 8 Mar 1869
    Hector Berlioz dies in Paris.
  • 1870
    The autobiography of Hector Berlioz, Mémoires, is published.