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  Hector Berlioz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Berlioz was born in France at La Côte-Saint-André in the département of Isère, between Lyon and Grenoble.
Hector Berlioz is buried in the Cimetiere de Montmartre with his two wives, Harriet Smithson (died 1854) and Marie Recio (died 1862).
In 2003, the bicentenary of Berlioz's birth, a proposal was made to remove his remains to the Panthéon, but it was blocked by President Jacques Chirac in a political dispute over Berlioz's worthiness as a symbol of the glory of France in comparison to such figures as Andre Malraux, Jean Jaures, and Alexandre Dumas.
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 Hector Berlioz - MSN Encarta
In 1821 Berlioz was sent to Paris to follow in his father’s footsteps and receive training in medicine, but he spent his free time at the library of the Paris Conservatory, studying scores (printed music), and at the opera.
Berlioz’s position in 19th-century music is that of an original and groundbreaking figure who directly influenced symphonic form and the use of the orchestra as well as musical aesthetics.
Berlioz enlarged the size of the orchestra and called for many instruments not customarily used in orchestral music of his time—for example, bells, snare drums, piccolos, E-flat clarinets, and ophicleides (bass brass instruments).
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 Hector Berlioz
Niccolo Paganini on that occasion spoke to Berlioz the memorable words: "Vous commencez par où les autres ont fini." Miss Smithson, who also was present on the occasion, consented to become the wife of her ardent lover in 1833.
Patti, on the threshold of her career, pets Berlioz with such uncontrollable affection, that as the composer wrote a description of his feelings he was overwhelmed at the bitterness of fate.
The profound admiration of Berlioz for William Shakespeare, which rose at moments to such a pitch of folly that he set Shakespeare in the place of God and worshipped him, cannot be explained simply on the ground that Henrietta Smithson was a great Shakespearean actress.
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 classical music - andante - preview - hector berlioz
Berlioz’s reputation as a composer of startling originality was by now confirmed and his progress in the musical world of Paris was not to be furthered by enforced removal to Italy.
Berlioz described the experience with bitterness as being ‘stretched on the rack’, for it not only humiliated him as an artist, it also closed the door of the Opéra to him, except as the arranger of other men’s works, for the rest of his life.
Berlioz wrote movingly of her and of the failure of their happiness in the Mémoires; he never forgot the impression she first made on him or the style of dramatic interpretation that coloured his own conception of Shakespeare.
www.andante.com /profiles/Berlioz/berliozgrove.cfm   (9960 words)

  
 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Hector Berlioz
Young Berlioz soon changed the dissecting room for the library of the Conservatoire, where he sought to acquaint himself with the scores of the masters of music.
Although Berlioz was a child of his time and in his music gave expression to every passion of man, he did not lose the Catholic sense, as is shown by the attraction liturgical texts had for him, and also by numerous other traits.
Berlioz is one of the most striking examples of modern subjectivism, and the numerous works he has left behind—symphonies with and without chorus, operas, an oratorio, "The Childhood of Christ", songs, choruses, etc.—give us an idea of what he might have been had he remained faithful to Catholic ideals.
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 Hector Berlioz
A lofty idealist with a leaping imagination, Berlioz was subject to violent emotional changes from enthusiasm to misery; only his sharp wit saved him from morbid self-pity over the disappointments in his private and professional life.
Though Berlioz's compositional style has long been considered idiosyncratic, it can be seen to rely on an abundance of both technique and inspiration.
Berlioz left perhaps his most indelible mark as an orchestrator, finding innumerable and subtle ways to combine and contrast instruments (both on stage and off), effectively emancipating the procedure of orchestration for generations of later composers.
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 Hector Berlioz and the Power Men and Women Want
Berlioz wanted love very much, but he was never able to learn--as a man now can through Aesthetic Realism--that love for a woman, body and soul, depends on his sincere desire to know who she is and to use her to know and like the whole world.
Meanwhile, Berlioz had a sense that there was something wrong with his emotion about her, and not in keeping with the meaning of music.
Berlioz, after six years, had succeeded in marrying his "Ophelia"--but the marriage was a torment to them both for twelve years, and by 1845 they had separated permanently.
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 Hector Berlioz
Hector Berlioz was a famous musical composer of the romantic period.
Hector first saw her in a play which was a remake of Romeo and Juliet.
Hector Berlioz was born in December 11, 1803.
www.d118.s-cook.k12.il.us /South/palosbday/HectorB   (588 words)

  
 Internet Public Library: Music History 102
Berlioz may well have been the first great composer to not be able to play a musical instrument, nor to have shown any musical talent at an early age.
Berlioz' advances in this area contributed greatly to the growth and development of the modern symphony orchestra.
His theories and creative use of the symphony orchestra influenced such composers as Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner, but his greatness was not clearly recognized in his own country until the advent of the French composers of the late nineteenth century.
www.ipl.org /div/mushist/rom/berlioz.htm   (374 words)

  
 Pianoteacher.org, Music Research Site, Louis Hector Berlioz
Hector struggled in his development as a composer during these years, it was only his intense determination and drive that carried him through the process of becoming good at his craft.
During this time Berlioz wrote some of his finest works, in spite of the time constraints of this much needed job.
In 1842 he decided to tour Germany, it was here Berlioz received enthusiastic audiences at his performances and made inroads as a composer and conductor.
www.pianoinstructors.com /musichistory/berlioz.html   (362 words)

  
 Essentials of Music - Composers
Hector Berlioz was a notable exception to this rule.
Berlioz was born to a well-to-do family and as a child learned flute and guitar and managed to teach himself the rudiments of harmony from his reading of textbooks.
This was compounded as Berlioz saw the ideals of French Romanticism overtaken by the growing influence of the new German school led by Wagner and others.
www.essentialsofmusic.com /composer/berlioz.html   (604 words)

  
 Public Domain Music - Biographies - Hector Berlioz - at Web-Helper.net
His father, Louis Berlioz, was a country doctor with a large practice, and his mother, devout in all religious observance, looked upon an artistic career as a terrible temptation and shrank in horror from the idea of a life so little in accord with the traditions of respectability.
Berlioz did not conform to the order and presented himself at the wrong door and brushing aside the servant who tried to stop him made himself at home in the library.
Berlioz himself puts his case in the clearest possible way: "The value of my melodies, their distinction, novelty and charm, may, of course, be disputed.
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 OperaWorld.com's Opera Insights: Hector Berlioz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Born into the family of a physician in the provincial French town of La Côte-Saint-André, Hector Berlioz studied the flute and guitar in his youth.
Hector Berlioz is born in La Côte-Saint-André, France.
Berlioz leaves medicine to study composition; he composes his first opera, Estelle et Némorin, which is lost.
www.operaworld.com /special/berlioz1.shtml   (610 words)

  
 classical music - andante - colin davis on hector berlioz
The entry for Hector Berlioz in the first edition of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, published in 1879, closes thus: "He stands alone — a colossus with few friends and no direct followers." The composer had died 10 years earlier, a lonely man and a misunderstood artist.
Berlioz, the Romantic revolutionary who had created vast and poetic musical panoramas of a totally unprecedented nature and who had invented a completely new palette of orchestral expression and color, had been rejected by the French academic establishment, largely shunned by musical promoters and often ridiculed by audiences.
Gradually Davis took on almost all of Berlioz's orchestral, choral and operatic oeuvre; his performances were acclaimed for their blend of sensitivity and delicacy with brilliance and fire.
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 The Hector Berlioz Website - independent personal site devoted to Berlioz's life and music
A detailed chronology of Berlioz’s relations with his native town and his family is provided, as well as a translation of the early chapters of the Memoirs which deal with this period of his life.
Berlioz visited London five times between 1847 and 1855, during which he met some of Britain’s most renowned musicians, publishers, newspaper editors, the royal family, and was fêted in high society circles.
In April 1851 Berlioz was appointed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Trade a member of the commission representing the interests of the French exhibitors of musical instruments at London’s celebrated universal exhibition of 1851.
www.hberlioz.com   (2484 words)

  
 Music of Hector Berlioz
Berlioz was not a pianist, and although he composed reasonable piano accompaniments for his songs, his orchestral realisations are not “pianistic”.
Berlioz was therefore forced to concentrate on symphonic, concert, and choral music, and to write newspaper reviews to support himself financially, eventually becoming embittered by the enforced servitude and failure to be accepted by the musical public of Paris.
Berlioz was obliged to visit his family at La Côte-St-Andrè at the end of 1828 after several years in Paris, and took the opportunity to polish his work for publication as “Opus 1” upon his return to Paris in January 1829.
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 Hector Berlioz - The unloved genius
At the end of the Berlioz bicentennial year, little has shifted in the public estimation of this eternally unloved genius.
Although Berlioz was treasured by Bizet and Messiaen, the mainstreamof French modernity from Debussy to Boulez preferred to mud wrestle with Wagner, bypassing the genius on their doorstep.
Two centuries after his birth, Berlioz is not espoused by concertgoers with the confidence they attach to Brahms, whose revelations were minor by comparison.
www.scena.org /columns/lebrecht/031210-NL-Berlioz.html   (990 words)

  
 The Hector Berlioz Website - La Côte Saint-André
Below you will find a listing of buildings and places associated with Berlioz and his family, which serves as a concise guide to the relevant locations and provides links to individual pages, each devoted to a particular location or building in La Côte, with further information as well as photographs and engravings to illustrate them.
Hector Berlioz Museum Berlioz’s parental home was turned to a museum after its last private owner (Madame Dumien) donated it in 1932 to the Association of the Friends of Berlioz, which later became the Association nationale Hector Berlioz.
Place Hector Berlioz in a ceremony held in 1890 a replica of an original statue of Berlioz by Lenoir was erected here in the composer’s honour.
www.hberlioz.com /LaCote/BerliozLacote.html   (1689 words)

  
 Berlioz, Louis-Hector. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
The nonliturgical oratorio The Childhood of Christ, for which he also wrote the text, was completed in 1854, and it was performed with great success for almost a century.
Some of Berlioz’s works are scored for large numbers of instruments, not only for volume but for richness of tone color even in delicate passages.
A passionate and impetuous man, Berlioz had several love affairs and was twice married, first to Harriet Smithson, an Irish actress.
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 Amazon.com: Evenings with the Orchestra: Books: Hector Berlioz,Jacques Barzun   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The three characters, so barely disguised that Berlioz might well have used their proper names, are interwoven in a tale of intrigue and betrayal that is beyond fantastic and bordering on the morbid.
Berlioz was a man of great ideas - his music abounds with fresh approaches to form, to orchestration, and to melody.
Hector Berlioz was one of the finest composers and writers of his day, and so when one reads "the rise and fall of a tenor," the biographical sketch of Spontini, or some of the other pieces here, one understands and sympathizes with him.
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 Amazon.com: Memoirs of Hector Berlioz : From 1803 to 1865, Comprising His Travels in Germany, Italy, Russia, and ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Berlioz started these Memoirs while in his mid-40's and while in London for performances of his works and finding himself with some spare time.
The inimitable Hector Berlioz was a prolific writer (perhaps he missed his true calling).
Hector Berlioz seems too amazing to be true: I knew he was a superb music composer but I applaud him even more as an enchanting story teller.
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 BBC - Music / Profiles - Hector Berlioz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A true Romantic spirit, Berlioz was fascinated by literature and travel, and his music is characterised by a brilliant flair for orchestration and a natural gift for melody.
Berlioz was an idealist who was at odds with the world in many respects - a man of great passions, his honesty and directness often alienated others
Berlioz's love of Beethoven inspired him to write symphonies which took the form to new limits - his Symphonie Fantastique included an autobiographical programme and a recurring idée fixe representing his obsession with the actress Harriet Smithson
www.bbc.co.uk /aboutmusic/profiles/berlioz.shtml   (488 words)

  
 CLASSICAL MUSIC ARCHIVES: Biography of Hector Berlioz
Berlioz said he destroyed the score, but in fact he gave it to his friend Antoine Bessems in 1835 and this was found in Antwerp in 1991 by Frans Moors, an organist, and received its f.
This work, Berlioz's masterpiece, was on too large a scale and efforts to have it staged at the Opéra failed.
His extravagances in his scores, no longer very remarkable but ahead of their time, diverted critical attention, even among his admirers, from the classical purity of his melody and the Beethovenian grandeur of his command of dramatic contrasts.
www.classicalarchives.com /bios/codm/berlioz.html   (710 words)

  
 Berlioz, Hector - Music Records Shopping at dooyoo.co.uk
Note, this is meant as a tribute rather than some all-encompassing biography of the man, concentrating on various thoughts I have of him rather than just facts of his life's events.
OF BERLIOZ AND HIS YOUTH Hector Berlioz is the archetype of who you could term as a "romantic".
Berlioz's was a composer with a truly huge imagination and not enough technique to realise his ideas.
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 The Hector Berlioz Page
Of the 49 recordings that I now own of Berlioz' Grande Messe des morts, my favorite in some ways is the one with Jean Fournet conducting the Grand Orchestra of Radio-Paris and the Emile Passani Choir, recorded in occupied Paris more than 50 years ago, in September 1943.
For me, the best Berlioz news so far in 1999 has been the first authorized release of this touchstone performance on the BBC Legends label as BBCL 4011-2, on a single CD with an excellent booklet (though I have to use a magnifying glass to read the tiny print).
FaustTiger's World of Hector Berlioz is most notable for the inclusion of links to MIDI files for portions of the Symphonie fantastique.
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 - Classical Music Dictionary - Free MP3
A leading figure of French Romanticism, Hector Berlioz was considered to be an outsider as far as the French musical establishment was concerned and not all his works were well received.
Berlioz loved literature of great themes and passions and some of his greatest works were inspired by the writings of Byron, Shakespeare and Goethe.
Other important works by Berlioz include the Eight Scenes from Faust, later revised as The Damnation of Faust, one of the most original of a number compositions based on Goethe's drama.
www.karadar.it /Dictionary/berlioz.html   (457 words)

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