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'''Hector Berlioz'''Although baptised '''Louis-Hector Berlioz''', he was always known as Hector; see Cairns - Berlioz vol. 1, p. 36. (; 11 December 1803 - 8 March 1869) was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions ''Symphonie fantastique'' and ''Grande messe des morts'' (Requiem). Berlioz made significant contributions to the modern orchestra with his ''Treatise on Instrumentation''. He specified huge orchestral forces for some of his works, and conducted several concerts with more than 1,000 musicians. He also composed around 50 songs. His influence was critical for the further development of Romanticism, especially in composers like Richard Wagner, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and many others.Blas Matamoro - "Hector Berlioz: Un genio francés", essay edited by Grupo Santillana and ''La Nación'', Buenos Aires, 2004