The Best of Berlioz

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) was a French composer and conductor of the Romantic era. As a child, Berlioz learned to play the guitar and flute, learned music theory, and began composing. Berlioz initially tried to follow in his father's footsteps and became a doctor for a short period of time, but he soon left his medical training and began studying music at the Paris Conservatory. In addition to composing, Berlioz was also a conductor, author, and music critic. Berlioz composed works for orchestra, and composed operas and vocal music.

Symphonie fantastique – A programmatic symphony about an artist's journey through unrequited love.

Harold en Italie (Harold in Italy) – A programmatic symphony for viola and orchestra.

Roméo et Juliette – A large work for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra, based upon the play by Shakespeare.

Les nuits d'été (Summer Nights) – A song cycle setting of poems by Théophile Gautier.

Requiem (Grande Messe des morts) – A large-scale requiem for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra.

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