Composer of the Week: Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

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Donald Macleod discovers the life and music of the French composer

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TV & Radio Information
BBC Radio 3
Monday, May 26, 2014 - 12:00

In this issue of Composer of the Week, Donald Macleod explores the life of Hector Berlioz, whose upbringing could not have been further from the early musical immersion experienced by many other composers.

After following his own desires by studying at the Paris Conservatoire (without the support of his parents), Berlioz went on to compose some of his best known works, inspired by both an infatuation with a young Irish actress and the plays of Shakespeare.

Macleod uncovers the romantic idealism in Berlioz’s works, as well as exploring the composer’s successes in his visits to Britain.