Berlioz, the passionate, ardent, irrepressible genius of French Romanticism, left a rich and original oeuvre which exerted a profound influence on nineteenth century music. Berlioz developed a profound affinity toward music and literature as a child. Sent to Paris at 17 to study medicine, he was enchanted by Gluck's operas, firmly deciding to become a composer. With his father's reluctant consent, Berlioz entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1826. His originality was already apparent and disconcerting -- a competition cantata, Cléopâtre (1829), looms as his first sustained masterpiece -- and he won the Prix de Rome in 1830 amid the turmoil of the July Revolution. Meanwhile, a performance of Hamlet in September 1827, with Harriet Smithson as Ophelia, provoked an overwhelming but unrequited passion, whose aftermath may be heard in the ...
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
Harold en Italie (Harold in Italy), symphony for viola & orchestra, H. 68 (Op. 16) 1834 37:46 Concerto Symphony
Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14) 1830 49:14 Symphony
Le carnaval romain (Roman Carnival Overture), ouverture catactéristique for orchestra, H.95 (Op. 9) 1844 09:11 Orchestral
Requiem (Grande Messe des morts), for tenor, chorus & orchestra, H. 75 (Op. 5) 1837 01:23:12 Choral
La Damnation de Faust, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, chorus and orchestra ("légende dramatique"), H. 111 (Op. 24) 1845 01:38:36 Choral
Les Nuits d'été, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra), H. 81 (Op. 7) 1841 29:57 Vocal Music
Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a 1858 02:13:29 Opera
Roméo et Juliette, for alto, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra ("symphonie dramatique"), H.79 (Op. 17) 1839 01:10:48 Choral Symphony
Le Corsaire, overture for orchestra, H. 101 (Op. 21) 1846 08:24 Orchestral
Benvenuto Cellini, opera, H. 76a, Op. 23 1834 30:24 Opera
L'Enfance du Christ, oratorio for soprano, 2 tenors, baritone, 3 basses, chorus & orchetsra ("trilogie sacrée") H. 130 (Op. 25) 1850 01:23:04 Choral
Béatrice et Bénédict, opera, H. 138 1860 34:01 Opera
La Mort de Cléopâtre, for soprano & orchestra, H.36 1829 18:20 Vocal Music
Te Deum, for tenor, 3 choruses, brass bands, organ & orchestra, H. 118 (Op. 22) 1849 53:05 Choral
King Lear Overture (Grande Ouverture du roi Lear), for orchestra, H. 53 (Op. 4) 1831 14:58 Orchestral
Rêverie et caprice for violin & orchestra ("romance"), H.88 (Op. 8) 1841 08:05 Concerto
Overture to "Benvenuto Cellini" (Grande Ouverture de Benvenuto Cellini) for orchestra, H. 76b (Op. 23) 10:33 Orchestral
Grande Ouverture des Francs-Juges, for orchestra, H. 23d 1826 12:31 Orchestral
Marche troyenne, for orchestra (Les Troyens), H. 133b 1864 05:15 Orchestral
Waverly Overture (Grande Ouverture de Waverly) for orchestra, H. 26 (Op. 1) 1828 10:19 Orchestral
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