Berlioz, Hector

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Name
Berlioz, Hector Gender: M
Berlioz, Louis Hector
born on 11 December 1803 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place Cote-St-Andre, France, 45n23, 5e15
Timezone LMT m5e15 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 18°45' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 20°27 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 00°29'



Biography

French composer, conductor, critic and writer of books on music. Known for his orchestrating genius with program music, his works included symphonies, voice and choral numbers, oratorios and operas.

The son of a country doctor who rebelled against his dad, he went to Paris with no musical training and within eight years had written one of the world's greatest symphonies, the "Symphonie fantastique" which mirrored his passion for the Irish actress Harriet Smithson and which can always fill a modern concert hall.

Berlioz often complained of French bureaucratic interference in musical life. When he was commissioned in 1837 to write a requiem for the 1830 revolution, he said he had to camp out in the government offices to get paid. A man full of contradictions, he was an idealist but also extremely practical. As a composer he was concerned with every detail, the layout of the orchestra, how to organize a concert, how to publicize it.

Life was always a struggle for Berlioz. He could not make his music pay and his love affairs were not very successful. Whenever he met a woman who seemed to be ideal, he would go overboard and then find that reality was a cold lesson. He found it difficult to find a woman to feel as passionately about him as he was about her.

Admired for his musicianship, he also wrote two volumes of "Memoirs," which were published in 1870.

He died on 3/08/1869, 12:30 PM, Paris.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Death, Cause unspecified 8 March 1869 at 12:30 PM in Paris, France (Age 65)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1870 (Memoirs published)

Source Notes

Gauquelin Vol. 4/1556

Categories

  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Two volumes of Memoirs)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Music)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Conductor
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic (Music)
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book
  • Traits : Personality : Idealist
  • Family : Relationship : Other relationship (Often had unrequited loves)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : On the edge (Always short of money)