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City of Westminster in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
 

Hector Berlioz

1803 - 1869

 
 
Hector Berlioz Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2017
1. Hector Berlioz Marker
Inscription.

Composer
stayed here in
1851

 
Erected 1969 by Greater London Council.
 
Location. 51° 31.068′ N, 0° 8.945′ W. Marker is in City of Westminster, England, in Greater London County. Marker is on Queen Anne Street just west of Wimpole Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 58 Queen Anne Street, City of Westminster, England W1G 8HW, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stephen Pearce (within shouting distance of this marker); Sir Patrick Manson (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Young (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Woolner RA (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Gibbon (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); James Smithson (about 120 meters away); Sir James MacKenzie (about 120 meters away); Sir George Frederic Still (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of Westminster.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) (English Heritage). "In 1851 Berlioz made the second of five trips to London, lodging in an apartment above the New Beethoven Rooms at 58 (formerly
Hector Berlioz Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 15, 2017
2. Hector Berlioz Marker - Wide View
27) Queen Anne Street, an 18th-century house altered around 1840–50, where the Beethoven Quartet Society held its meetings from 1845....Rather than conducting his own works, Berlioz was entrusted with ‘the stupid job of examining the musical instruments sent to the [Great] Exhibition’. Early each morning he walked across Hyde Park to the Crystal Palace at South Kensington. He found the task painful: ‘It splits your head to hear these hundreds of wretched machines, each more out of tune than the next.’" (Submitted on December 14, 2017.) 

2. Hector Berlioz (Wikipedia). "Louis-Hector Berlioz (11 December 1803 – 8 March 1869) was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts (Requiem). Berlioz made significant contributions to the modern orchestra with his Treatise on Instrumentation. He specified huge orchestral forces for some of his works, and conducted several concerts with more than 1,000 musicians. He also composed around 50 compositions for voice, accompanied by piano or orchestra. His influence was critical for the further development of Romanticism, especially in composers like Richard Wagner, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss, and Gustav Mahler." (Submitted on December 14, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.)
Hector Berlioz image. Click for full size.
Painting by E. Hader, published by Sophus Williams, Berlin (courtesy of LOC), 1878
3. Hector Berlioz
 

3. Berlioz: "Symphonie Fantastique": March to the Scaffold - Leonard Bernstein (YouTube, 5 min.). "Leonard Bernstein conducts the "Orchestre National de France" in Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique 4th Movement: Allegretto non troppo (Marche au supplice)" (Submitted on December 14, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 14, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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