It is 150 years since the death of Hector Berlioz (1803–1869). His name is certainly familiar in the world of music but in a quite different way to the other masters embodying the 19th century with their art.
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Les nuits d'été for solo voice and orchestra op. 7 Hol. 81B
Version for medium voice
Berlioz composed these songs in 1840–41, between the composition of Roméo et Juliette and La damnation de Faust. The poems were taken from a collection entitled La comédie de la mort by Théophlie Gautier, published in 1838. The songs were for mezzo-soprano or tenor with piano accompaniment, and were published as a cycle under the title Les nuits d’été in 1841.