Louis-Hector Berlioz was a French composer, critic, and conductor during the Romanic period.
Although he gained his first degree in medicine, while he was in Paris his love of opera grew so much that he felt a calling into the musical world. He gained a place at the Paris Conservatoire to study composition under Jean-Francois Lesueur, against his parents wishes. He went on to win numerous awards, and to compose some of the most famous operas in the repertory today.
He is well remembered for his operas such as La Damnation de Faust, Beatrice et Benedict, and Les Troyens, as well as his choral symphony Romeo et Juliette.
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