Lived1913 – 1976
Best Known ForPeter Grimes,
A Ceremony of Carols,
Noye’s Fludde Similar ToTippett,
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Hector Berlioz died 150 years ago this month. His music was largely ignored for more than 80 years after his death, his maverick style misjudged as eccentric, outlandish and even amateur. We pinpoint the event that led to a true appreciation of his genius.
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