Full Name: Louis-Hector Berlioz
Biography: Hector Berlioz was a French Romantic composer, best known for his Symphonie fantastique. He was born in La Côte-Saint-André in Isère, into a family of modest means. His father, a doctor, wanted Hector to follow in his footsteps, but the young man was passionate about music and wanted to be a composer.
Despite his father's protests, Hector ultimately enrolled at the Paris Conservatoire in 1826. He was a dedicated student, but his unconventional approach to composition often put him at odds with his teachers. He was expelled from the Conservatoire after just two years, but undeterred continued to pursue his musical career.
In 1830, Hector's opera The Damnation of Faust was premiered in Paris. It was a failure, but the work's bold, original music made a lasting impression on the French musical scene. Hector went on to enjoy a successful career, composing many works that are now considered classics of the Romantic repertoire.
Born: December 11, 1803
Birthplace: La Côte-Saint-André, France
Star Sign: Sagittarius
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- 1833-10-03 French composer Hector Berlioz (29) marries actress Harriet Smithson (30)
- 1830-12-05 Hector Berlioz's program symphony "Symphonie fantastique" premieres at the Paris Conservatoire
- 1834-11-23 "Harold in Italy", symphonic work for orchestra and viola by Hector Berlioz, premieres and at the Paris Conservatoire; Chrétien Urhan soloist, with Narcisse Girard conducting
- 1837-12-05 Hector Berlioz's "Requiem" premiere at Les Invalides, conducted by François Habeneck
- 1838-09-10 Hector Berlioz's opera "Benvenuto Cellini" premieres in Paris
- 1844-02-03 Hector Berlioz's overture "Carnaval Romain" premieres in Paris
- 1846-12-06 Hector Berlioz's dramatic oratorio "La Damnation de Faust" premieres, conducted by the composer at the Opéra-Comique, Paris
- 1854-12-10 Hector Berlioz premieres his oratorio "L'enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ)", conducting musicians and soloists from the Opéra-Comique, at the Salle Herz, Paris
- 1862-08-09 Hector Berlioz's opera "Beatrice et Benedict" premieres in Baden-Baden, Germany
- 1890-12-05 Hector Berlioz's opera "Les Troyens" premieres in Karlsruhe, Germany