Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Famous Works Involving Orchestra
Symphonie Fantastique, La Damnation De Faust, Roméo et Juliette, Requiem
- Berlioz loved to read. His music was greatly inspired by Shakespseare and Geothe. Berlioz wrote music about some of Shakespeare’s characters including Romeo and Juliet.
- Berlioz started his musical training at age 12, which is known to be a late start. Even with his father’s disapproval and desire for him to become a doctor, Berlioz still pursued his passion in music.
- Berlioz was a huge fan of the octobass. This instrument was much larger than a string bass and would be played using a step stool, a harness, and a bow. Berlioz wanted to make it a standard orchestral instrument.
Get to know Berlioz in this video by Columbus Symphony Violist Chris Saetti!
Upcoming Columbus Symphony Concerts Featuring Berlioz’s Music
- None at this time