Hector Berlioz


Hector Berlioz

1803 - 1869

Louis-Hector Berlioz (11 December 1803 – 8 March 1869) was a French Romantic composer. His output includes orchestral works such as the Symphonie fantastique and Harold in Italy, choral pieces including the Requiem and L'Enfance du Christ, his three operas Benvenuto Cellini, Les Troyens and Béatrice et Bénédict, and works of hybrid genres such as the "dramatic symphony" Roméo et Juliette and the "dramatic legend" La Damnation de Faust.

The elder son of a provincial doctor, Berlioz was expected to follow his father into medicine, and he attended a Parisian medical college before defying his family by taking up music as a profession. His independence of mind and refusal to follow traditional rules and formulas put him at odds with the conservative musical establishment of Paris. He briefly moderated his style sufficiently to win France's premier music prize, the Prix de Rome, in 1830 but he learned little from the academics of the Paris Conservatoire. Opinion was divided for many years between those who thought him an original genius and those who viewed his music as lacking in form and coherence.

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Song List

This list is likely to be of songs that have been performed at Oxford International Song Festivals and Oxford Song events, and may not be comprehensive of this composer's compositions. This database is ever growing as a work in progress, with further songs regularly being added.

Absence (1841) Op. 7 no.4 Hector Berlioz
Au cimetière (1841) Op. 7 no.5 Hector Berlioz
Feuillets d'Album (1850) Op. 19 Hector Berlioz
L'île inconnue (1841) Op. 7 no.6 Hector Berlioz
L'origine de la harpe (The Origin of the Harp) Hector Berlioz
La belle Isabeau (1850) Op. 19 Hector Berlioz
La Captive (1832) Op. 12 Hector Berlioz
La mort d'Ophélie (1842) Op. 18 no.2 Hector Berlioz
Le spectre de la rose (1841) Op. 7 no.2 Hector Berlioz
Le trébuchet (1846) Hector Berlioz
Les nuits d'été (1841) Op. 7 Hector Berlioz
Les Troyens (1858) Hector Berlioz
Nuit d'ivresse (1858) Act IV, no. 37 Hector Berlioz
Petit oiseau Op. 13 no.2 Hector Berlioz
Sur les lagunes (1841) Op. 7 no.3 Hector Berlioz
Villanelle (1841) Op. 7 no.1 Hector Berlioz

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