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Hector Berlioz

French composer Hector Berlioz was born December 11, 1803 in La Côte-St-André, Isêre, the son of a physician. Although his father encouraged Hector’s early musical inclinations with flute and guitar lessons, as well as preliminary study of the pianoforte, it was assumed that the son would follow his father’s medical profession. After two years of medical school Hector rejected a medical career in favor of musical composition, and attended the Paris Conservatory, where he studied composition with Le Sueur. Berlioz life was an endless series of great successes and great failures. He won the Prix de Rome only after his fourth attempt.

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Understanding the Music: Berlioz's Roman Carnival

National Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl discusses Berlioz's Roman Carnival.

Watch an excerpt of Berlioz's Roman Carnival

From the National Symphony Orchestra 2011-2012 Season Preview Concert with Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl.

Understanding the Music: Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

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