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Hector Berlioz Glog

Hector Berlioz

Symphonie Fantastique had over 90 Instrumentalists which is most of any symphony written at that time, these are the types of instruments that were used: 2 flutes, (one doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, (one doubling anglais), 2 clarinets, (one doubling E flat clarinet), 4 bassoons. 4 horns, 2 cornets, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 2 tubas, ophicleides. 2 harps, 2 pairs of timpani, cymbals, and suspended cymbal, tenor drum, bass drum, bells (sounding C and G). Strings, Berlioz specified at least 15 1st violins, 15 2nd violins, 10 violas, 2 celli, and 9 basses on the score. 5 movements instead of 4 unlike most symphonies at the time.

This is the 1st movement ofthe song: SymphonieFantastiqueListen to the beautiful music!

Born 1803, in La Cote-Saint-Andre, France. With the name Louis-Hector Berlioz was the first of six children three who died before growing up. He took music lessons from a visiting neighborhood teacher and learned flute and guitar. Berlioz’s father was a doctor, in 1821 his father wanted him to go to Paris to study medicine which he had absolutely no interest in.

What first got him into music was the Paris Opera performance of Iphigenie en Tauride by Christoph Willibald Gluck which is why he wanted to study music and composing more. In 1823 he began writing articles for “Le Corsaire” about music. He abandoned medicine for music and began studying music. His mother was very angry and told him to go back to medicine and his allowance from his father slimmed to almost nothing. He had to get a job as a choir singer because he had no money.

Berlioz's lifelong love, Irish Actor Harriet SmithsonWho finally married him in 1833, had a son one year later.

Early Years

Middle Years

He listened to Beethoven’s third and fifth symphonies with that inspiration he composed “Le Damnation de Faust” he fell in love with actor Harriet Smithson which gave him the motivation to finish Symphonie Fantastique he premiered the work and met Franz Liszt. They became good friends and Franz made a piano version of Symphonie Fantastique. In 1830 he got rejected by actor Harriet Smithson after that he became engaged with pianist Camille Moke. He went to the Rome for the Prix de Rome. When he found out his fiancee had married a wealthy piano maker in Paris. He got depressed and wanted to kill himself but the long trip relaxed him and cooled down his anger. In 1833 he finally married Harriet Smithson and had a son in 1834.

Events that happened during his lifetime!

Karl Marx and Eugels write the Communist Manifesto. Hector Berlioz dies of heart attack in 1869 in Paris, France.

The Later Years



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