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Hector Berlioz's compositions by musical category.
■ Berlioz’s four symphonies could hardly be more contrasted, ranging from the crazed imaginings of the Symphonie Fantastique to the enraptured drama of Roméo Et Juliette.
■ Some of Berlioz’s most striking orchestral invention is to be found in his concert overtures, which include Waverley and Rob Roy (inspired by the novels of Sir Walter Scott).
■ Almost uniquely, Berlioz left virtually no chamber or solo instrumental music, and just one concertante item, the typically unconventional Rêverie Et Caprice.
■ Berlioz’s choral music is dominated by five grand opuses: the Messe Solennelle, Grande Messe Des Morts, Te Deum, La Damnation De Faust and L’enfance Du Christ.
■ The most famous of Berlioz’s songs are to be found in the glorious song cycle Les Nuits D’été, but he wrote over 30 other settings too.
■ He wrote five pure operas but only fragments of Les Francs-Juges survive; and La Nonne Sanglante was left unfinished.