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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 1,922,282 page views. His biography is available in 107 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 105 in 2019). Hector Berlioz is the 24th most popular composer (up from 25th in 2019), the 67th most popular biography from France (down from 62nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular French Composer.

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

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Among composers, Hector Berlioz ranks 24 out of 1,216Before him are Igor Stravinsky, Edvard Grieg, Felix Mendelssohn, Claudio Monteverdi, Georges Bizet, and Claude Debussy. After him are Bedřich Smetana, Ennio Morricone, Antonio Salieri, Dmitri Shostakovich, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and Jacques Offenbach.

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

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In France

Among people born in France, Hector Berlioz ranks 67 out of 6,011Before him are Arthur Rimbaud (1854), Charles Perrault (1628), Claude Debussy (1862), Henri Becquerel (1852), Cardinal Richelieu (1585), and Louis Braille (1809). After him are Maximilien Robespierre (1758), Gustave Eiffel (1832), Romain Rolland (1866), Louis IX of France (1214), Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780), and Henri Bergson (1859).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Hector Berlioz ranks 3Before him are Georges Bizet (1838) and Claude Debussy (1862). After him are Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1520), Maurice Ravel (1875), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835), Erik Satie (1866), Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683), Charles Gounod (1818), Josquin des Prez (1450), Jules Massenet (1842), and Gabriel Fauré (1845).