Hector Berlioz was considered to be the father of French Romanticism in music. His music was always extremely original and grand in scale. As a result of his extreme ideas, he was often viewed as a crazy lunatic by many of his contemporaries. Fortunately, many of his great works survived. These days, some of his most famous works, including Symphonie Fantastique, The Damnation of Faust, and The Requiem, are periodically performed in concert halls.
This homepage is the result of a project as part of a sacred music course, Mu 123, taught by Professor Thomas Neenan at the California Institute of Technology. Certain topics pertinent to Berlioz's life have been included. The center of this project is Berlioz's major sacred work, The Requiem. Other information has been included, such as the composer's early life, education, and other important works.