Berlioz bicentenary

French composer Hector Berlioz, one of the leading figures in French Romantic music, was born 200 years ago this month. Berlioz's orchestral skills - though not wholly appreciated by his contemporaries in France - earned him international acclaim and were an influence on other composers, such as Franz Liszt.

The extensive Berlioz Hopkinson Collection at the National Library of Scotland also has an international reputation, principally for its significant number of first and rare editions and proof copies of Berlioz's music. Editions of his memoirs and critical works also feature, along with letters, photographs, and other associated items.

  Hector Berlioz

A small selection of music and documents from our collection will be on temporary display at the Library from 17 December. Also marking the anniversary is a talk by a distinguished Berlioz scholar, Hugh Macdonald of Washington University in St Louis.

11 December 2003

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