The great 19th century French composer Hector Berlioz holds a unique place in musical history. Far ahead of his time, he was one of the most original of great composers, but also an innovator as a practical musician, and a writer and critic whose literary achievement is hardly less significant than his musical output. Few musicians have ever excelled in all these different fields at once.
    Available in English and French, this personal site is devoted to the music, life and works of this great figure. Created, funded and authored by two British academics, the site gives a panoramic view of Berlioz’s life and art, and seeks to recreate the context in which he worked. It also presents regularly updated news on everything which concerns Berlioz: performances of his music world-wide, bibliography, discography, reviews of live performances and contributions from regular visitors to the site. The table below maps out the contents of the site in detail. A separate page provides a short history of the site.
    Please note that our site is entirely independent and does not represent or host any organisation or association.

Copyright notice: The Hector Berlioz Website is owned by Michel Austin and Monir Tayeb. The texts, photos, images and musical scores on all pages of this site are covered by UK Law and International Law. All rights of publication, reproduction, or adaptation of this material in any form, including Web page use, are reserved. Their use without our explicit permission is illegal.

Last update: 24 October 2014
(previous four updates: 15, 18, 19, 21 October 2014)

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Table of contents of this site: (a red asterisk (*) indicates an addition or update within the last four weeks)

Berlioz: Life and Career* Travels in Germany and Central Europe Celebrations of Berlioz’s bicentenary Project with the Berlioz Museum
Musical Works Travels in Russia  Homage to Berlioz – December 2003 Award of the Berlioz Society Medal*
Literary Works* Predecessors and Contemporaries Bicentenary Special (articles) Site History
Travels in France Contemporary articles and events* Original contributions to this site* Site Statistics
Travels Abroad Berlioz: Pioneers and Champions* Berlioz in our time* Who we are  

See also the French version of the site 

 

Berlioz: Life and Career


Berlioz Biography 

The first known autobiography of Berlioz (in French) 

Hector Berlioz’s Will 

La Côte Saint-André – Berlioz’s birthplace *
New on this page:
   Place Hector Berlioz  (enlarged)
   The Hector Berlioz Museum  (enlarged)*

See also:
   “La musique en partage. Du phonographe à Internet”
   (New exhibition at the Hector Berlioz Museum)

Meylan – where Berlioz first met his ‘Stella montis’

Vienne (Isère) – where Berlioz’s sister Adèle lived

Paris
– the centre of Berlioz’s activities through most of his life
See also:
    Paris and Berlioz: the revival 
    (Performances of his music, 1869-1884)

    Paris and Berlioz: the revival 
    (Articles and reviews of concerts, 1869-1884) (in French) 

Berlioz: Contemporary Performances and Articles
*
New on this page:
   
Le cœur de Berlioz*  (in French)
   
Journal des Débats, 12 December 1933

Berlioz Photo Album
* 
New on this page:
    Portrait of Louis Berlioz, by Haydn Greenway

Berlioz Statues   

Berlioz Cartoons  

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Berlioz: Musical Works


Berlioz: A Complete Listing of his Musical Works
(including works lost, unfinished, or merely planned)

Berlioz Music Scores
(a collection of Berlioz’s orchestral music in full score)

    See also on this page:
   
Scores not included in the New Berlioz Edition   

Berlioz Music Scores – Texts and Documents   

Berlioz and his Music – Self-borrowings  

Berlioz: Musical and Literary Works
(bibliographical information on his musical and literary works)  

Extracts from the Treatise on Instrumentation and Orchestration
The Conductor – Theory of his Art (complete text in the original French)

Berlioz’s Critical Study of the Symphonies of Beethoven  

First Editions of Berlioz’s Published Scores   

The première of Les Troyens in 1863   

Berlioz Libretti  (in the original language – French or Latin)

Les Orages désirés libretto by Christian Wasselin
(an opera inspired by Berlioz’s youth

Berlioz and Literature – Some Sources of Inspiration  

Berlioz-inspired Works of Art

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Berlioz: Literary Works


Berlioz’s Writings
With built-in search function

Les Soirées de l’Orchestre (1852) (complete text in the original French)

Les Grotesques de la Musique (1859) (complete text in the original French)

À Travers Chants (1862) (complete text in the original French)

Mémoires (1870) (complete text in the original French)

Berlioz’s Writings on CD   
With built-in search function

Treatise on Instrumentation and Orchestration (Extracts)   

The Conductor – Theory of his Art  (complete text in the original French)

Berlioz: Musical and Literary Works
(bibliographical information on his musical and literary works)

A Bibliography of Les Soirées de l’Orchestre  
A Bibliography of Les Grotesques de la Musique  
A Bibliography of À Travers Chants   
A Bibliography of the Mémoires  
Berlioz: Feuilletons – Journal des Débats 1834 - 1863 *
With built-in search function  (Introduction in French and English)
The transcription of all the feuilletons written by Berlioz for the Journal des Débats from 1849 to 1863 was completed in August 2011. In February 2014 we resumed the transcription of the remaining feuilletons; i.e. from 1834 to 1848; those for 1834-35 and 1841 are now complete.
New on this page: 

   
Feuilleton of 16 July 1836 (in French)*
    Feuilleton of 23 July 1836 (in French)
    Feuilleton of 2 August 1836 (in French)*
    Feuilleton of 12 June 1842 (in French)*
    Feuilleton of 27 June 1842 (in French)*  
    Feuilleton of 28 August 1842 (in French)*  

List of Berlioz’s feuilletons transcribed on this site (in French)

Berlioz: Voyage en Russie (1847) – Magasin des Demoiselles, XII, 1855-1856
(in the original French, with introduction in French and English)

Berlioz: Mémoires d’un musicien – Le Monde Illustré 1858-1859

(Introduction and presentation in English)
All the articles published by Berlioz, under the title of  “Mémoires d’un musicien”, for Le Monde Illustré in 1858 and 1859 are now available on this site.

Berlioz: Report on the Great Exhibition in London in 1851  

Index of letters of Berlioz cited

See also: 
    An autograph letter of Berlioz (16 June 1832)
    An autograph letter of Berlioz (ca. 13 May 1853)
    An autograph letter of Berlioz (3 December 1853)
    An unpublished autograph letter of Berlioz (12 May 1865)

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Berlioz: Travels in France


Berlioz and France  

Bordeaux   

Grenoble  

Lille  

Lyon  

Marseille
Berlioz and Marseille: friends and acquaintances 
See also:
    Auguste Morel and Berlioz (1876-1881) (in French)
    Auguste Morel: documents on his career (in French)
    Ernest Reyer and Berlioz (Introduction in English and French)
    26 articles by Ernest Reyer (in French)

Nice  
(for much of Berlioz’s lifetime the city was part of the kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia)

See also: Berlioz’s Nice in our time 

Plombières  

Strasbourg   

Versailles

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Berlioz: Travels Abroad


Berlioz and Europe  

Berlioz in Italy (1831-32)
 

Berlioz and Monaco  

Berlioz in Belgium (1842-1866)

Berlioz in Germany (and Central Europe) (see below)
Berlioz in Russia (see below)

Berlioz in London
(1847-1855)

Berlioz in London: friends and acquaintances   

Berlioz in Switzerland (1865-66)

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Berlioz: Travels in Germany and Central Europe (1842–1867)


Berlioz and Germany  

Berlioz and Germany: friends and acquaintances  

Baden-Baden  

Berlin  

Bonn  

Bremen  

Breslau (Wroclaw)

Brunswick   

Cologne   

Darmstadt   

Dresden   

Frankfurt   

Gotha   

Hamburg
Hanover   

Hechingen  

Leipzig 
See also: 
    Faust in Leipzig 
    A Train Journey from Leipzig to Dresden in 1843 

Löwenberg   

Mannheim   

Pesth/Budapest   

Prague  

Stuttgart  

Vienna  

Weimar 
See also:  
     Goethe and Schiller in Weimar 
 
    
Berlioz’s Weimar in our time 

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Berlioz in Russia (1847 and 1867-8)


Berlioz and Russia  

Saint Petersburg 

Moscow  

Riga (in Russia in Berlioz’s time)
Berlioz and Russia: Friends and Acquaintances 

Berlioz: Voyage en Russie (1847) – Magasin des Demoiselles, XII, 1855-1856 
(in the original French, with introduction in French and English)

Octave Fouque: Berlioz en Russie  (in French)
Les Révolutionnaires de la musique (1882; chapter 2)

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Berlioz: Predecessors and Contemporaries 
(including orchestral scores of the composers who influenced him most)


Predecessors and Contemporaries: Introduction  

Berlioz and Beethoven   

Berlioz and Gluck  

Berlioz and Halévy  

Berlioz and Liszt
Berlioz and Méhul   

Berlioz and Meyerbeer   

Berlioz and Spontini  

Berlioz and Wagner   

Berlioz and Weber

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Berlioz: Pioneers and Champions


Berlioz: Pioneers and Champions: Introduction 

The Paris Conservatoire and Berlioz: 1869-1914
 

Berlioz’s operas in France, 1869-1914  

Hans von Bülow 

David Cairns (enlarged)*

Édouard Colonne 
See also:
  Édouard Colonne: textes et documents (1)  (in French)
  Édouard Colonne: textes et documents (2)  (in French)

Colin Davis (enlarged)*
Including : 
 
In Memoriam Sir Colin: Je ne vous verrai plus
(in French)
 
By Christian Wasselin

Wilhelm Ganz  

Charles Hallé  
Charles Lamoureux 
See also: 
  
Articles and reviews relating to Lamoureux’s concerts (in French)

Hugh Macdonald 

Georges de Massougnes  
See also: 
   Georges de Massougnes: BERLIOZ.  SON ŒUVRE (1870)  (in French)

Jules Pasdeloup  

Felix Mottl 
See also: 
   Felix Mottl: textes et documents  (introduction in English) 

Ernest Reyer  

Julien Tiersot  

Julien Tiersot : Berlioziana (presentation in English) 
We have completed the transcription and publication of the original French text of all the Berlioziana and other articles on Berlioz published by Tiersot in Le Ménestrel between 1904 and 1911 (127 in all).

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Berlioz in our time: Bibliography, Concerts, Discography, News, Souvenirs, Views and Reviews


Berlioz Bibliography* 

Berlioz Discography
*

Berlioz on DVD, Video, Film 

Berlioz News
*
(frequently updated) 

Forthcoming performances of Berlioz’s music
*
(updated several times a week)

Reviews of live performances of Berlioz’s music
*
New on this page:

  
Berlioz: Grande Messe des Morts, Royal Festival Hall
*
  
By Peter Payne

 
Roméo et Juliette par l’Orchestre national de France : retour aux sources ?*
 
Par Pierre-René Serna (in French)

Archive of performances of Berlioz’s music* 

Reviews of recordings of Berlioz’s music  
Original contributions to this site and other articles*
New on this page: 

   
Berlioz and the Movies!
*
   
by Michael Sproule

   
Une cantatrice saintongeaise:
    Anne Charton-Demeur
(1824-1892), la voix de velours*
   
by
Jeanne Brunereau (in French)

You and Berlioz’s music 

Berlioz Memorabilia*

Berlioz Bicentenary Special (a collection of invited articles)  

Celebrations of Berlioz’s 200th birthday in 2003  

Homage to Berlioz – December 2003 

Berlioz Screen Saver – a bicentenary present 

French ships named after Berlioz  

Berlioz on the Net

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An invitation extended to all of you

We would like to invite you to contact us and tell us about events, news, publications, concerts or any other information related to Hector Berlioz in your community, so that we can circulate them among Berlioz admirers around the world via this site.

May we take this opportunity to thank our visitors who have emailed us their contributions, comments, and feedback. They have all been thanked individually on the site as well via their email address.

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Who we are and how to contact us

This personal site is the result of a private initiative by the husband and wife team of Michel Austin and Monir Tayeb. We are both academics by profession, based in universities in Scotland, and share a common enthusiasm for Hector Berlioz and his achievements. Created in July 1997, and gradually expanded subsequently, the site is entirely devoted to the genius of Berlioz – his music, his writings, his career in France and abroad, and his contribution to musical history.

The site is entirely independent of any organisation; it is run and maintained by us at our own expense. It is non-profit-making, does not receive sponsorship or financial support from any quarter, and does not accept any commercial advertising. 

Through this site we hope to share and exchange information and news on Berlioz-related events with Berlioz’s admirers around the world. We are most grateful to our friends and visitors for their support and look forward to enjoying their continued encouragement in the future. We would particularly like to thank our friends Pepijn van Doesburg, Pierre-René Serna and Christian Wasselin for their major contributions to the site.

Please address your contributions, feedback and enquiries to 
Monir Tayeb or Michel Austin at the address below: 


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The Hector Berlioz Website was created by Monir Tayeb and Michel Austin on 18 July 1997.
The French version of the Home Page (Page d’accueil) was created on 3 March 2002. See also Online Site History.

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