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 doctor, 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 1,505,766 page views. His biography is available in 105 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 101 in 2019). Hector Berlioz is the 25th most popular composer (down from 21st in 2019), the 62nd most popular biography from France and the 4th most popular French Composer.

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

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Among composers, Hector Berlioz ranks 25 out of 1,228Before him are Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Gioachino Rossini, Felix Mendelssohn, Georges Bizet, and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. After him are Maurice Ravel, Bedřich Smetana, Johann Strauss II, Dmitri Shostakovich, Antonio Salieri, and Sergei Prokofiev.

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

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In France

Among people born in France, Hector Berlioz ranks 62 out of 5,234Before him are Georges Bizet (1838), Pierre de Fermat (1601), Brigitte Bardot (1934), Arthur Rimbaud (1854), Michel Foucault (1926), and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1520). After him are Maurice Ravel (1875), Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780), Henri Becquerel (1852), Gustave Eiffel (1832), Tacitus (54), and Henri Bergson (1859).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Hector Berlioz ranks 4Before him are Claude Debussy (1862), Georges Bizet (1838), and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1520). After him are Maurice Ravel (1875), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835), Erik Satie (1866), Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683), Charles Gounod (1818), Josquin des Prez (1450), Gabriel Fauré (1845), and Jules Massenet (1842).