Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)



Famous Works Involving Orchestra

Symphonie Fantastique, La Damnation De Faust, Roméo et Juliette, Requiem

Fun Facts

  • 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

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