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Hector Berlioz

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. His independence of mind and refusal to follow traditional rules and formulas put him at odds with the conservative musical establishment of Paris. He briefly moderated his style sufficiently to win France's premier music prize – the Prix de Rome – in 1830, but he learned little from the academics of the Paris Conservatoire. Opinion was divided for many years between those who thought him an original genius and those who viewed his music as lacking in form and coherence.

At the age of twenty-four Berlioz fell in love with the Irish Shakespearean actress Harriet Smithson, and he pursued her obsessively until she finally accepted him seven years later. Their marriage was happy at first but eventually foundered. Harriet inspired his first major success, the Symphonie fantastique, in which an idealised depiction of her occurs throughout.

Berlioz completed three operas, the first of which, Benvenuto Cellini, was an outright failure. The second, the huge epic Les Troyens (The Trojans), was so large in scale that it was never staged in its entirety during his lifetime. His last opera, Béatrice et Bénédict – based on Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing – was a success at its premiere but did not enter the regular operatic repertoire. Meeting only occasional success in France as a composer, Berlioz increasingly turned to conducting, in which he gained an international reputation. He was highly regarded in Germany, Britain and Russia both as a composer and as a conductor. To supplement his earnings he wrote musical journalism throughout much of his career; some of it has been preserved in book form, including his Treatise on Instrumentation (1844), which was influential in the 19th and 20th centuries. Berlioz died in Paris at the age of 65.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 11, 1803 (La Côte-Saint-André), Died March 8, 1869 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, librettist, arranger

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Recordings (Results 76-100 of 113 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia (U.K.) WLX1192 12-in. 12/4/1929 Romance de Marguerite Yvonne Gall Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX1193 12-in. 12/4/1929 Romance de Marguerite Yvonne Gall Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL1220 10-in. 7/3/1928 La damnation de Faust : Sérénade de Méphisto Francis Planté Piano solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX1344 12-in. 4/26/1930 Air d'Herod: O misère des rois! Armand Narçon ; J. E. Szyfer Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer, librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX1711 12-in. 6/21/1933 Marche hongroise de la damnation de Faust Pierre Dupont ; Musique de la Garde Republicaine Band composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX1818 12-in. 11/2/1934 Inutiles regrets Eugène Bigot ; Georges Thill Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX1819 12-in. 12/11/1934 En un dernier naufrage Eugène Bigot ; Georges Thill Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, librettist  
Columbia (U.K.) WL2286 10-in. 5/14/1930 Voici des roses Fred Bordon ; Élie Cohen Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2289 12-in. 10/22/1942 March hongroise Jean Fournet Orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2290 12-in. 9/15/1942 Ronde des paysans Chorale Emile Passani ; Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2291 12-in. 9/15/1942 Récitatif Chorale Emile Passani ; Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2292 12-in. 9/15/1942 Choeur de Soldats Chorale Emile Passani ; Jean Fournet Vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2293 12-in. 9/15/1942 Romance de Marguerite Jean Fournet ; Mona Laurena Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2295 12-in. 9/16/1942 Évocation et menuet des follets Paul Cabanel ; Jean Fournet Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2296 12-in. 9/16/1942 3e partie, scène XIII: Duo (2e partie) Paul Cabanel ; Chorale Emile Passani ; Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte ; Mona Laurena Vocal duet, with orchestra, and vocal trio, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2297 12-in. 9/16/1942 Chant de la fête de Pâques Chorale Emile Passani ; Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2298 12-in. 9/16/1942 Chant de la fête de Pâques Chorale Emile Passani ; Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2299 12-in. 9/16/1942 Récitatif et chanson de la puce Paul Cabanel ; Chorale Emile Passani ; Jean Fournet ; André Pactat Male vocal duet, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2300 12-in. 9/16/1942 Chanson de Brander Paul Cabanel ; Chorale Emile Passani ; Jean Fournet ; André Pactat Male vocal duet, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2301 12-in. 9/16/1942 Romance de Marguerite Jean Fournet ; Mona Laurena Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2302 12-in. 9/16/1942 Retraite Chorale Emile Passani ; Jean Fournet ; Mona Laurena Female vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2303 12-in. 9/17/1942 Menuet des follets Jean Fournet Orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2304 12-in. 9/17/1942 Entrée de Méphisto Paul Cabanel ; Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte ; Mona Laurena Mixed vocal trio, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2305 12-in. 9/17/1942 Récitatif et chasse Paul Cabanel ; Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2306 12-in. 9/18/1942 Ballet des sylphes & récitatif Paul Cabanel ; Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
(Results 76-100 of 113 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Berlioz, Hector," accessed April 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102481.

Berlioz, Hector. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102481.

"Berlioz, Hector." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 April 2024.

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