Hector Berlioz was born in France on December 11, 1803. His well known pieces range from the Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts. Hector Berlioz, as he was understood, was entranced with music as a kid. Heeding his doctor father’s wishes, Berlioz went to Paris in 1821 to study medicine. Yet, much of his time was spent in the Paris Opra, where he absorbed Christoph Willibald Gluck’s operas. A couple of years after, he left medicine behind to be a composer.
In 1826, Berlioz registered in the Paris Conservatoire. Another year, he saw Harriet Smithson in the character of Ophelia and became captivated by the Irish performer. Using its utilization of music to relate a story of desperate fire, it was a hallmark of Romantic composition. Following three unsuccessful efforts to win the Prix de Rome, Berlioz eventually triumphed in 1830. After spending more than a year in Italy, he headed back to Paris, in which a performance of his “brilliant symphony” took place in 1832. Smithson attended the concert; after meeting the girl who’d frequented him, Berlioz wed her the next year.
The 1830s found Berlioz create more of his original compositions, including the symphony Harold en Italie (1834) as well as the remarkable choral work Requiem, Grande messe des morts (1837). Nevertheless, an opera, Benvenuto Cellini (1838), flopped. Berlioz was frequently made to rely on music criticism as well as other writing jobs to create ends meet, though a substantial monetary gift from violinist Niccol Paganini helped him compose the choral symphony Romo et Juliette (1839). In the 1840s, touring throughout Europe started to offer Berlioz another way to obtain income; he was especially valued as a conductor in Germany, Russia and England.
Berlioz found his fiscal basis in the 1850s, when his L’Enfance du Christ (1854) was a success and he was elected to the Institut de France, so enabling him to be given a stipend. He composed Les Troyens, inspired by Virgil’s Aeneid, only at that time, but just got to see some of the opera’s performances be performed in 1863.
Following more European tours, a solitary Berlioz returned to Paris in 1868. His union to Smithson hadn’t survived, and his second wife had passed away in 1862. He’d lost his only child, Louis, in 1867. In the age of 65, he died in Paris on March 8, 1869. Hector Berlioz left behind many progressive compositions that had set the tone for the Romantic period; though the originality of his work could have worked against him during his life, recognition of his music would continue to develop after his departure.