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The Big Book of Classical Music: 1000 years of music in 366 days
2. February 14th
Valentine's Day isn't a great day for Hector Berlioz in 1847, who heads off to St Petersburg without letting his lover know. Rewind 150 years to 1697, and there's surprisingly important news from Handel's family - his father, a man strongly opposed to classical music, died on this day, leaving the 11-year-old composer free to pursue his interests.