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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 101-113 of 113 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2307 12-in. 9/18/1942 Plaines de Hongrie Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2308 12-in. 9/18/1942 Duo Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte ; Mona Laurena Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2309 12-in. 9/19/1942 Dans le ciel, une voix dans le ciel Chorale Emile Passani ; Jean Fournet Vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2310 12-in. 9/19/1942 La course à l'abîme Paul Cabanel ; Chorale Emile Passani ; Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte Male vocal duet, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2311 12-in. 9/19/1942 Apparition of Méphisto Paul Cabanel ; Chorale Emile Passani ; Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte Male vocal duet, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2312 12-in. 9/19/1942 Nord de l'Allemagne Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2314 12-in. 9/19/1942 Le roi de Thulé Jean Fournet ; Mona Laurena Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2316 12-in. 9/20/1942 Sérénade de Méphisto Paul Cabanel ; Chorale Emile Passani ; Jean Fournet Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2318 12-in. 9/20/1942 Choeur des sylphes Paul Cabanel ; Chorale Emile Passani ; Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte Male vocal duet, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2340 12-in. 12/9/1942 L'enfer Paul Cabanel ; Chorale Emile Passani ; Jean Fournet Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2341 12-in. 12/9/1942 Les bords de l'Elbe: Air des roses Paul Cabanel ; Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2342 12-in. 12/9/1942 Air de Faust Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CLX2343 12-in. 12/9/1942 Forêts et cavernes, invocation à la nature Jean Fournet ; Georges Jouatte Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 101-113 of 113 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Berlioz, Hector," accessed April 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102481.

Berlioz, Hector. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102481.

"Berlioz, Hector." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 April 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102481

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