Hector Berlioz

1803 - 1869

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Louis-Hector Berlioz (11 December 1803 – 8 March 1869) was a French Romantic composer and conductor. His output includes orchestral works such as the Symphonie fantastique and Harold in Italy, choral pieces including the Requiem and L'Enfance du Christ, his three operas Benvenuto Cellini, Les Troyens and Béatrice et Bénédict, and works of hybrid genres such as the "dramatic symphony" Roméo et Juliette and the "dramatic legend" La Damnation de Faust. The elder son of a provincial physician, Berlioz was expected to follow his father into medicine, and he attended a Parisian medical college before defying his family by taking up music as a profession. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hector Berlioz has received more than 2,230,388 page views. His biography is available in 108 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 107 in 2019). Hector Berlioz is the 32nd most popular composer (down from 24th in 2019), the 114th most popular biography from France (down from 67th in 2019) and the 5th most popular French Composer.

Hector Berlioz is most famous for his symphony "Symphonie Fantastique."

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Among composers, Hector Berlioz ranks 32 out of 1,451Before him are Bedřich Smetana, Dmitri Shostakovich, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Jacques Offenbach, Christoph Willibald Gluck, and Maurice Ravel. After him are Richard Strauss, Guido of Arezzo, Anton Bruckner, Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II, and Jean Sibelius.

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Among people born in 1803, Hector Berlioz ranks 1After him are Christian Doppler, Prosper Mérimée, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Justus von Liebig, Adolphe Adam, Maria Anna of Savoy, Albrecht von Roon, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, Gottfried Semper, Flora Tristan, and Fyodor Tyutchev. Among people deceased in 1869, Hector Berlioz ranks 2Before him is Franklin Pierce. After him are Alphonse de Lamartine, Ghalib, Allan Kardec, Jan Evangelista Purkyně, Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, Johann Friedrich Overbeck, Hijikata Toshizō, Alexander Sergeyevich Menshikov, Thomas Graham, and Antoine-Henri Jomini.

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In France

Among people born in France, Hector Berlioz ranks 114 out of 6,770Before him are Georges Danton (1759), Philippe Pétain (1856), Charles Aznavour (1924), Maurice Ravel (1875), Bernard of Clairvaux (1090), and Jean de La Fontaine (1621). After him are Marie Thérèse of France (1778), Charles VII of France (1403), Sully Prudhomme (1839), Charles VIII of France (1470), Roman Polanski (1933), and Anatole France (1844).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Hector Berlioz ranks 5Before him are Georges Bizet (1838), Claude Debussy (1862), Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1520), and Maurice Ravel (1875). After him are Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835), Erik Satie (1866), Jules Massenet (1842), Charles Gounod (1818), Gabriel Fauré (1845), and Josquin des Prez (1450).