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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
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Terry Gilliam to direct radical opera in London

LONDON, May 1 (UPI) -- Maverick British director Terry Gilliam, of "Monty Python" comedy fame, will direct his second opera for the English National Opera, the company said Wednesday.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007.
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UPI almanac for Monday, Dec. 11, 2006.
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Today is Sunday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2005 with 20 to follow.
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Today is Saturday, Dec. 11, the 346th day of 2004 with 20 to follow.
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Today is Thursday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2003 with 20 to follow.
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Book of the Week: 'Chopin's Funeral'

SAN DIEGO, March 25 (UPI) -- In this biography of Frederic Chopin, "Chopin's Funeral," Benita Eisler manages to convey not only a portrait of the life of the famous composer, but also of th
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Berlioz' 'Les Troyens' gets Met production

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The most talked about new production of the New York opera season is a splendiferous Metropolitan Opera mounting of Hector Berlioz' five-hour "Les Troyens," one of the operas that made "grand" an operatic adjective.
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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2002 with 20 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2001 with 20 to follow.
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Louis Hector Berlioz (December 11, 1803 – March 8, 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; as a conductor, he performed several concerts with more than 1,000 musicians. He also composed around 50 songs for voice and guitar.

Berlioz was born in France at La Côte-Saint-André in the département of Isère, near Lyon. His father, a respected provincial physician and scholar, was responsible for much of the young Berlioz's education. His father was an atheist, with a liberal outlook; his mother was an orthodox Roman Catholic. He had five siblings in all, three of whom did not survive to adulthood. The other two, Nanci and Adèle, remained close to Berlioz throughout his life.

Unlike many other composers of the time, Berlioz was not a child prodigy; he began studying music at age 12, when he began writing small compositions and arrangements. As a result of his father's discouragement, he never learned to play the piano, a peculiarity he later described as both beneficial and detrimental. He became proficient at guitar and flute. He learned harmony by textbooks alone—he was not formally trained. The majority of his early compositions were romances and chamber pieces.

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