|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
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.
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