Hector Berlioz
Date of Birth
Dec 11, 1803
Birth Place:
La Côte-Saint-André, France


This highly original composer, one of the lights of the Romantic era, advanced the cause of French music, as a conductor, critic, and composer, at a time when the German model predominated. The largely autodidact Berlioz is renowned for his brilliant orchestrations with their rich timbres from unusual combinations, and his employment of such instruments as the saxophone, bass clarinet, suspended...