Composer of the Week: Hector Berlioz
A week-long look at the composer of the ever-popular Symphonie fantastique
Berlioz, that maverick Romantic composer, often found himself at odds with France's artistic life and institutions, thanks to his radical approach to orchestral and symphonic writing. From the outset, when his parents disapproved of his career choice, this innovative composer had to struggle to get his music heard and accepted. After winning the Paris Conservatoire's prestigious Prix de Rome on his fourth attempt, he headed to Italy for two years, a period of his life he didn't enjoy, but which made its mark on his music. Donald Macleod explores Berlioz's life, through his music, throughout the week.